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Lt Elmer J Mcmahon Elementary School

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Posted June 20, 2014

I was a student at McMahon for 9 years (k-8). I just graduated yesterday and all I can say about this school is that it's the best school in the district. Teachers want you to succeed, the school offers office hours (where you stay after school if you having trouble in any area) for grades 6-8, and the teachers are more than willing to spend their own money if it means to get us a fun project. If you are considering McMahon as a school for your daughter/son do it 100%. It's a great school for people of all ethnicity and all disabilities! McMahon


Posted April 23, 2014

This school is wonderful considering the funding. The teachers are truly invested in the students and their success and are very willing to work with parents on ways to help students learn.


Posted March 18, 2014

This school is in serious jeopardy. I can not believe that the State of Massachusetts allows children to be educated in such a school. The school building is in serious disrepair, damaged ceiling tiles, floor tiles, stained windows, moldy cabinets. The classes are overcrowded. There is a high percentage of children with learning disabilities that are not being provided services. Many teachers are in states of serious burn out. Playground equipment is almost non-existent.


Posted August 5, 2013

I am a teacher at McMahon School, and know for a fact that students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 have Social Studies on a regular basis. These grades also have field trips that are connected to the Social Studies curriculum.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted December 14, 2009

Great school, love the teachers, vice principle and principle. The entire staff is very welcoming and really care about the kids education. They have taken the time to offer my child extra homework help and are working close with her on her problem areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2008

My child is now in sixth grade and has not had a social studies class in several years. Next year there is an MCAS exam on social studies..how are they expected to pass. The Holyoke School system I believe is failing our students and robbing them of a proper education. I have lost faith in the current school committee to correct this problem, and feel it's time for some new people in place with fresh ideas to put Holyoke on the right track.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
31%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 53% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
34%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
15%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
4%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 71% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
9%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 78% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 54% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
19%
Science

The state average for Science was 39% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
2%

2010

 
 
8%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students32%
Female44%
Male22%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title I32%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learners10%

Math

All Students41%
Female47%
Male34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Title I41%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners0%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students27%
Female36%
Male21%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
Multiracialn/a
White27%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I27%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students42%
Female43%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic29%
Multiracialn/a
White60%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I42%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students35%
Female41%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic22%
Multiracialn/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students42%
Female42%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
White54%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students10%
Female12%
Male7%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic11%
Multiracialn/a
White9%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I10%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students39%
Female41%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students41%
Female41%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students40%
Female55%
Male24%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students35%
Female45%
Male23%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic21%
Multiracialn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students44%
Female61%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students38%
Female48%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Title I38%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students19%
Female27%
Male10%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic19%
Multiracialn/a
White20%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged27%
Title I19%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

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Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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2010

 
 
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Reading growth at this school

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1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 16%
White 40% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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75 Kane Rd
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 534-2062

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