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Bester Elementary School

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Posted April 29, 2013

Bester is an all around good school. They have lots of extra curricular activities and special trips because they get a lot of funding. The principle doesn't seem like the friendliest person but I love my sons teacher, she is the best and will address any concerns you have. I do however have a problem with the students that go there. This is not the schools fault but because of the community that lives in the Bester district, there are a lot of hoodlum kids and ones that use profanity around young ones etc. I have heard that Bester is bad for head lice but that again is not the schools fault, that is just the kinds of students that attend. I have not however seen any lice on my son. If you are planning to move to the Bester district, don't feel like you need to avoid this school but just keep alert. on these types of things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2005

I am very disappointed.Mainly in my childs education he is getting from this chool system. Time and time I have asked for tutoring for him ect.. Their reply he doent need it.I have seen the schools test scores.I am unpleased with it.I feel my son is going to have an even more difficult time next year.Going from this school to middle school. I fel he struggles in both Math+Reading.They feel since he is not getting d's+U's it is acceptable.I do not.I have had my son in an Special out school learning center a few years ago.Te cost was too much for me though.I feel the school my son is in has remained very low in the testing area+scares me.His education is the most import thing(it is his future)I feel the education system is failing.Over the years my son has been here the teacher,principals have chance greatly every year.
—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 82% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
77%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 89% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
87%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 81% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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
White 56% 42%
Black 21% 35%
Two or more races 15% 4%
Hispanic 9% 12%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 6%
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 78%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Hagerstown, MD 21740
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