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Washington Elementary School

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Posted October 8, 2013

My child has attended there since 1st grade and the school is one if the worse in Lowell. MCAS Scores are very low, they seem to Only Learn Math and Reading?!?!? the principal sends things home and gives great speeches about how to make the Washington a better school but its all for show. There are some Great teachers in that school and there have been some improvements made but they should just re-do the whole school. There's no playground, only concrete, the gym is small with no ventilation, no a/c in the summer, no lunch room, the field trips stink, I believe the principal picks favorites, either she likes your family or she doesn't. Pretty much how it goes. I wish my child never went to that school, worse experience ever....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

My son is going to the Washington Elementary for 3 years now and I am very pleased with the education he is getting. Most of the teachers are very nurturing and Mrs. Cunningham is an amazing principal. I mean every time I look around the school grounds she is there, always close by, really hands-on so I am very thankful. The school is small but because of that my son is not another child in the crowd, the teachers know him and they greet him and the other kids by name which is amazing. The building is very old but I have seen a lot of improvements in the past two years, new roof, boiler and soon new windows. The classrooms got new computers and the library a smart board. My son is proud when he tells me that Mrs. Plunkett teaches him non-fiction like geography and science. He is in first grade and he lectured me during election time about the candidates. I was impressed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2011

Since losing Matt Stahl as the principal, the Washington has been steadily going downhill. Parents were just informed that the school as a whole failed the MCAS test, which is especially sad considering the only topics they teach are reading and math (the topics covered on the test). There is no science, no geography, no social studies, no solid, rounded curriculum. Overall the staff is competent, and nice, but this school is letting down the students. Mr. Stahl is genuinely missed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

Wonderful first year at the Washington! Staff are great! Kids learn so much and are kept very busy during their day.
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Posted June 22, 2008

This is a small with a sense of community. The teachers and staff seem to know each and every child. They are very dedicated to the education given to each child. The Teachers & Principal always had time to discuss any questions or concerns I may have concerning any of my children. You do not feel like your kids are lost in the crowd at this school. There are monthly gatherings like Book Bingo & Scholastic Book Night and plenty of opportunity for parental/family involvement. Overall, it's a Great School!
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Posted January 8, 2008

The Washington School is small and in an older building, but staff there use that and more to their advantage. Teachers are energized about their work and proud of their reputation. The building has been decorated with art by students and local artists. The principal is a hands-on, smart and fun professional who seems to know every student's name. The student population is diverse and committed to their education. The monthly evening events offered by the school are typically packed with children and parents. I love this school.
—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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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31%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
26%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
36%
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 Students31%
Female32%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asian30%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Title I31%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners14%

Math

All Students60%
Female61%
Male60%
African Americann/a
Asian70%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Title I60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners68%
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%
Female58%
Male32%
African Americann/a
Asian34%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White59%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Title I44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners28%

Math

All Students70%
Female81%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asian67%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title I70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learners65%
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

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How schools in the state rate:

24%
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50%
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26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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Math growth at this school

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

Below Average


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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 34% 6%
White 29% 67%
Hispanic 20% 16%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Black 8% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 66%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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795 Wilder St
Lowell, MA 01851
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