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Benjamin Tasker Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 931 students

 

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Posted May 16, 2014

this school may have lots of bad kids and faculty but, the way it is running is very strong. i am currently a 7th grader.


Posted February 6, 2014

horribly scary. We moved to PG county an good recommendations. Not true. I think the teachers along with a few of the admins are scared of the bullies. All the school needs is people that are there for the kids, not a paycheck! Big difference. Be strict across the board not based upon color or monetary status. I cannot wait to get my kids out of this school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Tasker is a good school, the only reason some parents dont like Tasker because their kids get "mixed in with the wrong crowd".And that's going to happen in life what so ever, I'm a student at Tasker, and I have been at Tasker since day one in 6th grade now I'm in 8th grade and I'm going to stay at Tasker until the stepping up ceremony. Tasker gives you a good education, or they try when the students are turnt down and actually want to learn. But Tasker also gives you fun things after school such as clubs, now teams, skate zone nights, and dances. I like Tasker, and even though things have changed since i was in 6th grade, I have made alot of new friends, memories, and I have learned life lessons. I woudnt trade my tasker experience for anything. And yes I AM A STUDENT! If your choosing between Tasker or Ogle CHOOSE TASKER!


Posted October 6, 2013

I go to Benjamin Tasker Middle School and am currently an 8th grader here. Back when Tasker first opened in the 70's it was an amazing school that everyone wanted their child to go to. I have read a lot about new management in the school and how it is changing for the better, but honestly it's not. The staff here doesn't care what you have to say. The new principal honestly does want to make a much needed difference here but it just isn't working. I don't know if it's the area that we live in where the students aren't the best and really don't care about learning or if it is the schools problem. Also, I've heard about the problems with teachers, and while I do agree that they exist, I as an honor student was not very affected by these things. Nonetheless I know I could be getting a much better education elsewhere (meaning in another area). With all of this said I am very happy to be getting out of Tasker at the end of my 8th grade year.


Posted August 22, 2013

I just started school Monday as a seventh grader , I was here last year there has been a lot of good changes happening these past 3 days ms.johnson is more organized and its a good thing for this school


Posted July 14, 2013

I am a student of BTMS I'm going to the 8th Grade 2013-2014 my school has had too much going on for this to even be a school we police at our lunch we have police walk around our school there was even a fight that got my friend arrested in the 6 grade that he didn't even start I think the new principle tries to make the school better but really it got WORSE I don't like the school at all only for my friends buh the teachers curse there rude and don't know how to handle their classes yeah the students have problems but I think it's what the teachers do and the students give back to the teachers as a response I've even looked at other schools they all have the same problems


Posted May 26, 2013

I really hope the current administration is moved away from this school. There have been way too many fights, including food fights, and nothing is being done about it. The principal seems like she is not interested in hearing what parents have to say. This school had a few problems in the past, but not it is going downhill fast!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2013

I can't say what the school was like in 2011, but under new leadership/principal starting in Sept 2012, the school seems great. My child enjoys his classes and really likes the teachers. He finds it very challenging- in a good way- and actually prefers MS to elementary. I had concerns sending him to Tasker based on what I heard in the past, however, the school must have improved drastically and I am quite happy so far with the positive changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2012

We have a new principal and our motto is Excellece without Excuses, We are reaching beyond our best. The school is under new management and it is exciting.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 13, 2012

Can someone please help me get this guy off of this bus im 12 years old i ride bus 397 at Bejamin Tasker Middle School i want to avoid Marco from flirting with girls


Posted April 17, 2011

this school is horrifying all of the staff has attitudes and this one teacher mrs. fraser gives al her students e's and the guidance mr. mccorkle doesnt let your child get switched out.


Posted March 22, 2011

The school is totally disfunctional!!! The administration and many teachers have very low expectations of the children. The teachers have very little interaction or contact with the parents and exhibit a nonchalant attitude toward teaching. Many teachers are not held accountable for their teaching performance and allowed to continously fail the students with poor grade. The school's current performance is so bad that a recommendation should be made to place into receivership by the state and transformed into a winning institution. Another example of our wasted tax dollars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

Awesome, dedicated, hard-working, teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2010

My daughter attends Benjamin tasker. I moved out of howard county the greatest schools ever to come to bowie the worst schools ever. Benjamin Tasker is horrible. If you have a CHOICE i advise you to use it and not put your child in there. The teachers let the children run the classroom and there are way to many fights.I went down there to sit in every class of my daughters and it was shocking how the teachers ignored the students question was texting and on there personal cell phone at the same time as teaching. One of the teachers were on a phone and started swearing right in front of the children! they have no respect for the parents either they never email you back or call you back when you try to make a conference there to busy. my child is going bak to howard county nxt year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Benjamin Tasker was soooo bad that i took my son out of this school and he is now home schooled... the teachers are rude and dont have any control of the children...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

Te school is great my child goes there and everyone around him are honeroll students and very well behaved
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2009

Please do not send your child to this school. The administrators are horrible no one responds or accepts blame for anything that happens. There way of solving problems is suspend for everything. Suspension in the school is being abused. You get in school suspension for talking at lunch, talking on the school bus. They need a whole new administration team. Classrooms are out of control.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

Not happy with the school. I have lived in Bowie my whole life, the elementary schools are great, then there is Tasker. A lot of people are moving out of Bowie because of Tasker, they can't afford private school. All around out of control, overcrowded feel when you are there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

I am a student at btms. I have been going for 3 years, since 6th grade. I think that the teachers act like public school teachers. Some teachers dissapear for months and leave the kids not learning anything. Other teachers teach the students nothing and expect them to pass the tests. Tose are just some teachers. I was lucky to have teachers who helped and explained things to me.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2008

Overall the school is pretty good...but what I don't agree with is the not being able to talk and socialize at lunch time. This is the only time the kids have to socialize at school. The administrator is ex-military...so I guess he thinks he's running a boot camp...but this is my child's last year at Benjamin Tasker...so he's just trying to deal with it at this point.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 68% in 2014.

243 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
57%

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2014.

279 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

285 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
52%

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2014.

286 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
78%

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2014.

301 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2014.

301 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2014.

299 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Maryland used the Maryland School Assessment (MSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The MSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Maryland. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Maryland State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 67% 35%
White 15% 42%
Hispanic 8% 12%
Two or more races 5% 4%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
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 29%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
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Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Drama
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4901 Collington Rd
Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: (301) 805-2660

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