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John Read Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 592 students

 

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Posted March 31, 2014

I've lived in Redding since my daughter was born, and remember hearing wonderful things about the public school system. sadly that was long ago. My daughter is now in the 6th grade at JRMS, and it has been a nightmare. she is bullied all the time, and teachers do not care. the academics are horrendous. she is miserable. I know of may families of students pulling them out and putting them in the neighboring town's catholic school or other private schools, and they are all thrilled. I NEVER thought I would say this (we are not catholic), and we are not a super rich family that can easily afford many of the other private school options, but my daughter may be next. I have heard excellent stories about how well children who have been pulled out are doing. I can not, in good conscience, send my child back to John Read next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Good schools... JRMS is not one of them. I used to attended this middle school along with 3 of my best friends, now I still do not attend the but my 3 good friends do. Speaking for every single student in that school that I know of, John Read Is a terrible school (freedom of speech). The best part about this review is that if I were still attending John Read Middle school i'd be suspended most likely for even thinking of posting my option of this so called safe and fun learning place. Let me start with the teachers; JRMS has several wonderful teachers that will actually teach you something unlike a creepy science teacher that makes girls feel uncomfortable or a lazy History teacher that sits at his desk while the kids wait for him to teach something. The saddest part about the staff at John Read is that they make the students hate themselves and turn them into something their not. My entire grade change drastically from 6-7 grade and my feeling toward this is due to the lack of respect the teachers gave their students which made the students feel as if they shouldn't give themselves respect if an adult wouldn't bother to give them the right respect they deserve.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 22, 2012

I'm an alumna of JRMS and it was the worst experience of my life. I was severely bullied on a regular basis. My parents notified school administrators and they did nothing to counsel me or stop the bullying. The academics were lackluster at best.


Posted August 1, 2011

Because this school refuses to step 'outside the box', I filed with the Federal Government that my daughter''s Title VI Rights had been violated. Their Office of Civil Rights agreed and listed numerous areas where they had discriminated against my daughter. They were made to pay for summer school, and are required to submit a report monthly of what they are doing to identify children, testing them, the outcome of the tests and progress reports. This may last for several years. This is the third time I needed to challenge this school system for three different children. If your child doesn't fit 'in the box', don't have them go here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2010

this school was dreadful. the slightest bit out of the ordinary your child seems, the less the staff are willing to step in when things go awry with other students. until i witnessed my son being pushed to the ground by his peers and brought them all to the principal's office, nothing really got done as far as behavioral rectification, and even then i had to cajole the academic system quite a bit. i ended up sending my son elsewhere. this school is extremely poor as far as specialized needs go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

this school is absolutely wonderful and welcoming!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 16, 2009

Great teachers; Great programs; and my grandson is in 7th Grade!


Posted February 22, 2009

My child attended Read for four years. He is a hard working, independent learner, and the school helped him develop the skills and attitude he needs for high school and for life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

The lack of diversity and Lake Wobegon attutude of community negatively impacts on a well funded and staffed school. The physical plant lacks a gathering space large enough to hold the whole school community, the sports fields are no longer adequate to meet the needs of the school population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

John Read is a terrific middle school. There is a lack of real diversity that bothers me sometimes, but the depth of both knowledge and caring the staff shows for my son has been wonderful for all four of his years there. He has become a strong, caring, socially aware young man, and his school has helped rather than hindered him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2007

The teachers are wonderful! They give extra help sessions for the students who need them, and they discipline those who misbehave. The after-school activities are not great, but the world language's are very wonderful. I love the school, it's small, but it's a wonderful place!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 23, 2004

Great school, not too big. Really good acedemics espically sciences.Clean and looks great.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

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The state average for Science was 82% in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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The state average for Writing was 84% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 85% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 87% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 77% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Writing

The state average for Writing was 86% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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97%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students98%
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White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Reading

All Students93%
Female96%
Male90%
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Asian Americann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%

Science

All Students96%
Female98%
Male94%
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Asian Americann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%

Writing

All Students97%
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Male94%
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Asian Americann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%

Reading

All Students95%
Female99%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English95%

Writing

All Students97%
Female100%
Male94%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male97%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%

Reading

All Students99%
Female98%
Male99%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%

Writing

All Students94%
Female99%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities97%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White99%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilities96%
Students without disabilities100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English99%

Reading

All Students96%
Female96%
Male96%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities82%
Students without disabilities99%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English97%

Science

All Students90%
Female88%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities61%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English91%

Writing

All Students97%
Female99%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilities100%
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English98%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 87% 61%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Hispanic 4% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Black 1% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Redding, CT 06896
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