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Howard Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1236 students

 
 

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Posted September 14, 2013

Howard is generally a good school. I am in the magnet program, and it's really a great program. The non-magnet population is not bad. Altogh in just the first four weeks I have witnessed over three fights.


Posted February 19, 2010

My wife and I are lifetime educators. Our grandson participates in the magnet program at HMS. While we live over a thousand miles away, our former daughter-in-law keeps us well informed of our grandson's progress. While in Florida after Christmas, we had an opportunity to review our grandson's learning material and observe his study habits. We were impressed with the responsibility he took for completing his assignments. We were given the opportunity to pick up our grandson after school one afternoon. We were impressed with the organization for safety and traffic control during the time students were being released for pick up. The supervisors were caring and careful to see that each child made it safely to the proper vehicle. From a distance we see teachers and parents sharing the responsibilty for a child's learning. This is something for which all parties can take pride. Thanks to all staff members!


Posted September 15, 2009

HMS is the only middle school in Marion Cty. that has the AAIT program(Magnet) both of my kids attend and the teachers and staff are the BEST you can find for keeping smart kids motivated and happy to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2009

This was my son's first year in middle school. He is very enthusiastic about learning by nature, but even more inspired by his teachers. Joining the band has given him great confidence and now he is learning new instruments and looks forward to extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2008

My daughter is a 6th grader in the magnet program and loves it. The teachers seem to have high expectations and a great deal of enthusiasm for their subject. We are very happy here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2008

My daughter is in the Magnet program at HMS and she just loves it. The middle school teachers are well qualified and caring to teach in this superior quality school. You must have excellent grades to be accepted (no lower than a B) and must maintain them. HMS is a great school and prepares students for future academic success. Ms. Collins is an excellent principal from all perspectives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

At Howard it has been the worst 3 years of school for my child. There is no help from teachers here. I have gone to every parent teacher confrence(where some teachers don't even bother to show), every open house, all functions that my child was involved in. Still there is no help. my child went into middle school with b's and c's and came out with F's by the 8th grade. My younger child will not attend this school. I will transport her else where.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

This school has helped my son feel better about hisself. That is what matters to me, He was very depressed because of alot of different but the careing staff has help greatly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

A very diverse school, with a challenging curriculum emphasizing mathematics and science. An 8th grade student can leave HMS with 3 high school credits-in Algebra I, Geometry, and Language Arts. The band rates superior and the art perennially places in local art shows. The parents are heavily involved sometimes almost too involved!
—Submitted by a teacher


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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 53% in 2014.

430 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
54%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

429 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
66%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

408 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

406 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
59%

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

375 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
65%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

372 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
66%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

373 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

369 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
48%

2013

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

313 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 43%
Black 31%
Hispanic 14%
Two or more races 7%
Asian 4%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 162%N/AN/A
Limited English proficient 22%N/A9%
Source: 1 FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014
Source: 2 FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 66%63%61%
Master's degree 31%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 3%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 5%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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