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Jane Ball Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 496 students

 

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Posted February 3, 2014

In my opinion, Jane Ball has fallen apart. There is a lot of administration turn-over, and their high ability program is lacking. Communication is poor, the lunch program is terrible, and little to no parent participation. There are too many classroom distractions and disruptions as well and kids are not disciplined appropriately.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

These people should feel ashamed of themselves. My godson has been getting in trouble almost everyday:on a verge of suspension and being expelled for small actions that in his eyes are nothing but innocent. He was sent to a principal's office for touching a girl's arm, then suspended for sending kissie faces at a girl in class. He doesn't have many friends & keeps emotions to himself making the rest of the school look at him as a freak. No matter how innocent his actions are, they're being blown out of proportion just so they have a reason to keep him out of school. A kid picking on a 'special' boy by calling him names has the same meaning as a teacher / principal making the boy feel like he doesn't belong ... It's called bullying! No child should miss out on education just because they're different. Teachers are there to create a fun but most importantly SAFE environment got our kids, something that THIS school is clearly lacking.


Posted May 17, 2013

Jane ball is from what I see is underrated .The principal and the staff I have dealt with are very professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2011

We've had family in and out of Jane Ball for over 20 years now. One of my children has finished the 5th grade (it only goes till the 5th grade) and I have two children who are still going there. It is a wonderful school. We have VERY high rate of involved parents which truly makes a difference. I have nothing bad to say about it and I would recommend it to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

We were new this year my son a third grade has been picked on and bullied all year, while the Principal knows of the problem he is doing nothing to help leaving it to the teacher My son went from enjoying school to asking if he could stay home everyday from being bullied. I hope things change in this school otherwise they are going to loose a lot of kids. we are moving to another school district this year a better one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

Jane Ball is an excellent school! The learning environment is just fabulous. Plus you can tell the principle realy cares about the children. We were new to the community last year and have felt so welcomed! From the ladies in the front office to the PTA and all of the wonderful teachers and everyone in between. I would recommend Jane Ball to anyone! Happy Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2006

Jane Ball is like a family. Everyone can express their thoughts, concerns, and feelings; and they don't get disregarded as nothing. Parents are always welcome in classes to help. In fact, they are encouraged. The teachers are always willing to share their thoughts on your children and call with concerns as well as praises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2006

I feel like the school make our community where I live. I love that I always know what is going on in my child's school and have so many caring staff members and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 85% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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74%

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85%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 84% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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77%

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79%

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78%

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Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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Science

The state average for Science was 74% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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75%

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71%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

English/Language Arts

The state average for English/Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 74% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Indiana used the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) assessment to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, grades 4 and 6 in science, and in grades 5 and 7 in social studies. The ISTEP+ is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Indiana. The goal is for all students to score at the passing level on the test.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

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

About the tests


Indiana uses the A through F School Grading System to assess the overall performance of a school. For the 2011-2012 school year, schools were graded based on performance and participation levels in state standardized tests and student growth using the Indiana Growth Model. In addition, high schools were graded on four-year (on-time) graduation rates and college and career readiness indicators including Advanced Placment exam results and industry certification exam results.

Source: Indiana Department of Education

What is the GreatSchools Rating?

The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

20%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
of schools in the state are Average
25%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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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 ISTEP and End of Course Assessment results.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 85% 72%
Hispanic 8% 10%
Multiracial 4% 4%
American Indian 1% 0%
Black 1% 12%
Asian 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A46%
Special education 11%N/A14%
English learners 3%N/A5%
Source: IN Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School Leader's name
  • Mrs Deborah Snedden
Fax number
  • (219) 374-4430

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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13313 Parrish Avenue
Cedar Lake, IN 46303
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