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Longfellow Elementary School

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Posted August 7, 2013

Longfellow Elementary has been a great school for my three children (grades K, 2, & 5). The principal and teachers are top notch. They do amazing things on a skelleton budget. The principle is very sensitive to social emotional needs of kids and is quick to respond to reports of bullying. In 2012, the school won an academic improvement award. The teachers work closely with nearby Augustana College to create a strong liberal arts focus. I rated parent involvement low because there is room for improvement with communications and budget at the school distric level. There are no mechanisms in place for electronic communications with parents (i.e. - no web-based parent portal, no access to teacher email addresses, and the website tends to be several years outdated). Electronic communications are standard in other nearby school districts, thus RISD 41 is behind the curve in that regard. Unfortunately this creates difficulties for working parents wanting to stay connected with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2011

My daughter will be going into 1st grade this year and I couldn't be happier with the school. The Kindergarten teachers are absolutely amazing, they are involved above and beyond what you would expect. There is a lot of parental involvement, with high booster club membership, and a great community feel to the school. Mr Knuckey the principal is an excellent leader, he knows all the children and is able to balance discipline with positive reinforcement. Keri the secretary is one of the schools best assets, she literally knows everyone and is always there to help. I definitely feel like the education my daughter get is individually adapted to her strengths and weakness, and not just classroom based. I can't say enough good things about Longfellow, and look forward to the beginning of the next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

This was my elementary school years and years ago, thank you for still being open and educating the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

Academically speaking, being in the Illinois school spotlight for three years in a row says something about the quality of the teachers. Did I mention the high level of parent involvement and community feel the school radiates? Having been at the school for the last seven years I look forward to spending another five years at Longfellow. My children and I both love Longfellow and what the school has to offer us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

This school is one of three elementary schools in the school district targeted for closure. There is a tread to consolidate older schools with under 200 students to mega-schools with 400 plus students. In its present state, Longfellow exceeds academic standards, has the highest parent and community involvement and structurally, has historical architectural value. Parents and community members have mobilized to preserve this smaller, older school via public education and school district advocacy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2007

Longfellow has great academic programs. The students have earned state awards two years in a row. The holiday music program was alot of fun to see and for the kids as well. The gym was standing room only for it. HIghly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2005

Wonderful excelerated program, Mrs Feddersen is 1 in a million teacher! Had to cut programs, no art:( I would recomend this school to everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
58%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students39%
Female33%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income41%
Not low income36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners20%

Reading

All Students38%
Female31%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income38%
Not low income36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities42%
English language learners0%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students22%
Female21%
Male22%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income23%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students42%
Female53%
Male35%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income47%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students51%
Female50%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Low income60%
Not low incomen/a
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities53%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students21%
Female9%
Male30%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White31%
Low income15%
Not low income39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)0%
Students without disabilities27%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students25%
Female32%
Male20%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Low income15%
Not low income54%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
Students without disabilities29%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

Math

All Students30%
Female28%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Low income26%
Not low income42%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students22%
Female25%
Male17%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White24%
Low income15%
Not low income46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Illinois used the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Illinois. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

In 2013 the Illinois State Board of Education raised the performance expectations for the ISAT in reading and math. These expectations have been adjusted to better align with the Common Core State Standards, a multi-state initiative that established year-by-year guidelines outlining the grade-specific skills and content students need to stay on the path to college and career readiness. The higher expectations of the new standards will result in a downward shift of where students rank in meeting or exceeding standards.

The different student groups are identified by the Illinois State Board of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Illinois State Board of Education

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46%
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28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 ISAT results from the state of Illinois.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 value table growth scores from the state of Illinois.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 47% 24%
White 31% 51%
Black 13% 18%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Outdoor learning lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra

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  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • David Knuckey

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
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  • Orchestra
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Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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4198 7th Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: (309) 793-5975

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