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Newman Elementary School

Public | PK-5 & ungraded

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted yesterday

The Newman School is a large school that focuses on the social and emotional well being of children and celebrates its diversity as a community. I don't believe the previous comments truly reflect the transformation that this school has undergone. The educators at Newman truly care about students and their growth. The parents are involved and contribute their time and resources in many ways.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted yesterday

I'm confused by the review from another parent back in August -- she talks about how bad communication is but then talks about how much she likes her child's teacher, the staff, and even the principal! I'm not sure what people would expect? Newman is a great school -- yes, it's big and houses many program, but for our kids that has meant a wide variety of activities and opportunities that you don't always get elsewhere. This year they extended the school day, added more PE, and even added Spanish. All-in-all we've had a great experience and will always look back on it fondly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2014

I think the ratings system should reflect comments made in a two year rolling system. Five stars from a 2007 review is totally irrelevant in 2014. So..if we even use a one year time period, Newman's average falls to 3 stars--where, in my opinion, it belongs.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 30, 2014

We have had bad communication about anything and everything since starting at this school. This school is massive, in fact someone informed me it is the largest elementry in the state (unsure if this is true, but I wouldn't be suprised!) and is still over crowded. Lost messages between office and classroom, inflicting information given at parent teacher meetings. That being said, I gave it three stars as my son liked his teacher, is happy to go in every day, and all the staff seems nice when I have had face to face interaction. Also, the little interact we had from the principal seemed very nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I love Newman Elementary. The new principal Rita and our Assistant Pincipal seem right on top of every issue that could arise. I feel confindent that my children are getting an unbelievable education. I do not feel my children are at any risk in this school system. The school is big, but does not feel big. There is a great sense of community that continues to build.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2009

THis is a big school with big problems. The new principal and vice proncipal seem overwhelmed by the tasks facing them. Parents seem willing to accept what the school does, only to find out as the children mature that they have not received all of the services that they require. As the largest school intown, the children here are underserved by the school system. With a great deal of turnover amongst the most experienced and valued teachers, the students are at risk in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

i love this school all the teachers are great!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 15, 2007

Newman is a big school with a small feel. It was a middle school that has been converted to an elementary so it is big. The community is very involved in the school and there are a lot of programs for the kids to get involved in. They do not offer a language because of budget cuts. The principal and vice principal are new and are visible and accessible to parents. The playground is a kid's dream and mcas scores are above average for the area. Overall, a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
63%
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 Students69%
Female72%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities15%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female75%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities30%
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 Students56%
Female62%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students64%
Female59%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities34%
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 Students86%
Female84%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities37%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students71%
Female70%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities16%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female57%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities26%
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

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How schools in the state rate:

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

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Math growth at this school

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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
White 81% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Hispanic 6% 16%
Black 3% 8%
Two or more races 3% 3%
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 6%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Needham, MA 02492
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