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Valley Park Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 475 students

 

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Posted August 8, 2013

Reading some posts that say VPE doesn't focus enough on gifted children. I've had a completely different experience. I'm amazed by the things the school has done for our gifted child. Frankly, we're blown away by our experience with the regular AND gifted program. Look at the overall test scores for the school. High 90's percentiles don't lie. Teacher involvement, parent involvement, staff involvement all GREAT at tho school. I've seen treachers at evening parent activities. That level of engagement is pretty dang cool. For the most part, the teachers are highly engaged. We're incredibly pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

Teachers are biased based on ethnicity. Too much racial discrimination. Gifted kids don't get all the tools they need. They think they are an excellent school, that's why they don't improve in some areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

Emphasis on assessment test too much, gifted kids are not getting enough attention
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2007

Wonderful schools and great teachers. Only negative is that they push the kids maybe too hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2007

Our daughter's experience at Valley Park was awful. The behavior childrens' behavior in the classroom was very poor to each other and to their second grade teacher. Complaints made to the principal went completely ignored and unanswered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

Wow! What a school! Since the addition of Dr. Cathy Austin as our principal- we have seen VPE turned into a wonderful new place. She has not only taken care of our building, but the most precious things of all- our children. She loves our kids and takes care of them each and every day! WE kid her about being the 'safety queen'. The smiles, knowledge and fun things she has brought to this school makes it a wonderful place for a child to learn and grow! What a wonderful place to be- Go VPE!
—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 87% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
92%

2009

 
 
96%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2012.

88 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
96%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2012.

87 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%

2009

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2012.

86 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2012.

73 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 86% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%

2009

 
 
95%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2009.

85 students were tested at this school in 2009.

2009

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanic91%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White98%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Hispanic82%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanic90%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students98%
African Americann/a
Hispanic90%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander90%
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Science

All Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanic90%
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Math

All Students99%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander100%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a

Reading

All Students96%
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
American Indiann/a
Pacific Islander87%
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Kansas used the Kansas State Assessments (KSA) to test students in grades 3 though 8, 11 and 12 in reading and math; in grades 4, 7, 11 and 12 in science; and in grades 6, 8 and 12 in history-government. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Kansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Kansas State 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: Kansas State Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 63% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 15% 3%
Hispanic 10% 17%
Black 7% 7%
Two or more races 5% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Overland Park, KS 66209
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