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Clifford P Carlson Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 417 students

 

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Posted October 12, 2009

My son, who is in kindergarten, also attends Carlson. He is flourishing. He is so excited about school and has really become interested in learning his letters and numbers. His writing has improved greatly in just over a month and has learned to recognize and spell several words that he did not know just a month ago. I am sorry the parent who posted on September 9 had such a poor experience and I don't know why no work was sent home because we get some all the time. I feel so grateful that my son as at Carlson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

My Kindergartener attended 3 weeks at Carlson and brought home one piece of work a coloring sheet. I was very disappointed and pulled her as her pre-school sister did more work than her. The Teachers exuse was that she was the only one in the class and not all of the students new how to hold a pencil so how was she supposed to teach. That was her last day at Carlson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2007

My son attended his first year at Carlson last year. He was in 3rd grade. He will be going back to Carlson as a 4th grader this month. I never got to experience the principal, Mr. Larson that everyone speaks so highly of. I am happy with the school. I loved my son's 3rd grade teacher. She really improved him a lot. I really like the principal that is at Carlson. It seems to be a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

My son Jared was in Kindergarten at Carlson this year and we just couldn't be more pleased with the school. I can't think of one bad thing except we are losing our beloved principal, Mr. Larson. He is finally retiring and that is a huge loss. Carlson is a family oriented school and we are all on the same team and that really makes a difference. I would recommend Carlson School to any parent. Jenny Long, mother of a Carlson Kindergartener.
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Posted June 7, 2005

Teachers are not as accessible as they should be. Feel as if you are unwelcome while visiting classrooms, though Principal is Wonderful! Open 'pod' classroms are very distracting for students. PTO is very unorganized and doesn't allow parents to help with activities. No supervision at lunchtime recess; lots of fighting and bullying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

My daughter is in her 2nd year at Carslon. The teachers are wonderful and Mr. Larson, the principal, is just amazing. I have never seen a school so involved with one another. It's so easy to feel welcomed and a part of the school 'family'. It's such a positive learning environment for the students. I can't imagine sending my daughter anywhere else!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Our son has attended Carlson School for 3 years now. We have had a completely positive experience with this school. The teachers have all been wonderful & the Principal, Mr. Larson is amazing. He makes the school a fun place to be for everyone because of his attitude.
—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

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
61%
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

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
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

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
57%
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 Students59%
Female64%
Male56%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income52%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female75%
Male49%
Black37%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Low income52%
Non-low income70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)27%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/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 Students32%
Female27%
Male38%
Black18%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Low income27%
Non-low income41%
Students with disabilities (IEP)30%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female35%
Male52%
Black24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Low income27%
Non-low income71%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female62%
Male76%
Black35%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White88%
Low income57%
Non-low income88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
Students without disabilities73%
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 Students39%
Female36%
Male45%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White43%
Low income41%
Non-low income33%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities43%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students47%
Female55%
Male33%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White57%
Low income43%
Non-low income58%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities52%
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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26%
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46%
of schools in the state are Average
28%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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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
White 52% 51%
Black 22% 18%
Hispanic 12% 24%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • David Nold

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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4015 Pepper Drive
Rockford, IL 61114
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