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Overlook Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 

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Posted December 13, 2006

Well overlook has changed tremendously my 5th grade daughter is sent home with alot of homework and her teacher is excellent (Mr Rogers) my youngest daughter teacher also sends home alot of homework and she is an excellent teacher also (Ms Brazal) I am so happy that I moved to Maryland because Overlook as an exceptional staff
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Posted July 6, 2004

MY child came to Overlook in February. I honestly did not want her to attend Overlook because after doing some research I learned that the test scores were very low and the suspension rate was high. I tried everything I could to get her assigned to another school, which I had a right to under Title II (federal government takes over the school because of poor performance); but the deadline had passed and the county does not have procedures in place to accomodate transferring students. After all of that I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Ms. Lowell is an excellent principal, she is very hands on and she cares about the students. But I also wanted to see more homework coming home, so I called the teacher and he explained he is not big on homework because alot of the students don't get help at home.
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Posted June 18, 2004

My experience with this school was a good one. My son's teacher, Mrs. Pierce, was great. But to point out to what the last parent said, yes there needs to be more parent involvement, more homework maybe needed, but sitting down with teacher, finding out what her plans are from week to week, use the internet to find things for them to do at 'home' will also help them prepare for the future. It all starts at'home', you can not depend solely on the teacher, you have to have a imput as well. I personally always have him do for examaple now, have him do first grade and second work. That way I am getting him ready for second grade. You have to be creative at home. Best of luck with you and your children.
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Posted February 5, 2004

There is not enough parent involvement in this school. The work is not hard enough for the children and there is too much Physical Education and Music. There needs to be more social studies, geography and science in place of PE and music. The school day is too short. It needs to be extended to 3:00 p.m. The children also need more homework. Not just one sheet of homework. They need book report assignments, cursive writing exercises, math, social studies and geography homework assignments to prepare them for the future.
—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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 83% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 88% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
35%
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
Black 87% 35%
Hispanic 9% 12%
Two or more races 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A42%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Temple Hills, MD 20748
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