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Evans Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 980 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted Monday, October 27, 2014

My child is in his 2nd year at EMS and is thriving! He is provided opportunity to be activities after school, he is excelling in his classes and is driven to be a team leader in his classes. He is happy to be a student at EMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

evans is not a great school i have see bugs in the school it is grows and unclean


Posted May 22, 2014

All the students are rowdy and the teachers aren't very good. The principal claims Evans as "the greatest school in the universe"


Posted May 5, 2010

I think Evans is great! I just recently moved back to ottumwa with my parents. I would not choose any other school. Its a good clean enviorment and you get to meet new people. I am so lucky to attend Evans. Any student to attend EMS is lucky. We may have had a few problems but the school is very good. Teachers help when you need them to and they auctually listen to you. They care if you pass, not like other people have posted on here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2010

This has been a nightmare for me. My child has attended both 7th and 8th grade here. This is the only middle school in Ottumwa and 6th grade has recently been moved to this building as well. This is way too many children to have at this difficult age in one building. Keeping track of all these kids has been an issue, communication with parents about their child has been ridiculous. I don't even know when my child has to attend p.m. school or has had a detention. And it has never been clarified as to what p.m school is. Some teachers communicate well and want to help your child, others however, really don't care if your child fails, they have been unwilling to work with the parents and their child. I have been soo frustrated with the lack of communication. I think the teacher here are very overwhelmed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

Evans has had problems over the years--poor test scores, attempts at social engineering, poor teaching, violence. While there has been some improvement over the decade in which we have had children here, many parents would be better off avoiding the hassles and homeschooling or using the Christian School for the middle school years
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

Evans has been great! The teachers are all really cool and I've met so many new people during my time here. I've really enjoyed getting involved in all the activities that they have to offer. I'm definitely going to miss it when I leave! -Erica Swanson, President of Student Council 08-09 :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2006

Evans is the place to be when you want to make new friends, get good grades and when you want to be able to understand the teachers and have them understand you too. I love Evans! I never thought that school would ever get better, but her at evans it all gets better. ~Katelynn Sapp~
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2006

I look forward to coming to school each day. The teachers here are great and they really help me when I need it. Evans has a bunch of after school activities that keep myself and other students busy. It keeps us busy and keeps us out of trouble. I think Evans is a great school -Nikki Kyllonen
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 22, 2006

I think that this school rocks because the principal Mr. Idle and everyone else here really try to help us learn and make sure that we are as safe as possible. They also make sure that if someone has a problem that it is fixed.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 20, 2005

This School is awesome. My child comes home everyday being able to tell me what they have learned in every subject. This school has tons of school activities that I'm sure a lot of children are involved in which is very healthy. The teachers here are great and my child loves them all. They are very understanding and will be more than happy to talk to you about your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2004

I love this school. I think it is very enjoyable. It made me want to come to this school and not be afraid about it. I love the teachers too. They are so cool and understand what we are talking about!
—Submitted by a student


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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 72% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 77% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2013.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners44%

Reading

All Students53%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners25%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities12%
English language learners52%

Reading

All Students61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilities4%
English language learners10%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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

Source: Iowa Department of Education

Math

All Students58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities15%
English language learners22%

Reading

All Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learners0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Iowa used the Iowa Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The scores reflect the performance of students enrolled for the full academic year. The Iowa Assessments are standards-based tests, which measure specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Iowa. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

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

Source: Iowa Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 81%
Hispanic 22% 9%
Black 3% 5%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
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 57%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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812 Chester
Ottumwa, IA 52501
Phone: (641) 684-6511

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