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Ward Elementary School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 278 students

 
 

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Posted April 19, 2014

This school is a blessing! The teachers are amazing, the extra curriculars awesome, the principal is incredible, and the parent involvement opportunities are frequent and diverse. We came from another elementary school after requesting a transfer due to dissatisfaction, and for the last 2 years Ward Elementary School has been the answer to our prayers. Our daughters have been high achievers here and their confidence has soared since coming to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

I wouldn't even give them a STAR. It is up to a parent to get educated and advocate for the specific services your child needs. You need a private expensive neuropsych to understand and dx. have it the problems, dx, and what is needed. Once you do all that then you find out that basically there is the pull out model where if you are lucky you can get enough weekly time with an accredited specialist but probably not one on one. It is like a spit in the ocean and I have found not enough to warrant significant progress but enough for the school to say "Bobby is making progress" Basically it is OK to be disabled and make too slow progress toward goals which leaves a child at huge self-esteem risk. It is NOT OK. It is crimminal! Teachers mean well but are NOT educated about special needs or special education. My advice to anyone who can afford it is to get your special needs kid out of the public system that can't manage them or help them appropriately. It is like putting a bandaid on a hemoraging body part.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

Ward is like a prison for kids. They are certainly not BOY friendly. They can't play like children should at recess. No soccer, football -flag/nerf, no tag. They have a field but can only play on the cement tennis courts? Overly rigid, strict. Not understanding about children and not supportive to families. They are only interested in the smart kids with good test scores. I would never send my kid here if there was a choice. Elementary school should be fun and about love of learning and self-esteem. At Ward that is their motto and it is a joke! Those things aren't being fostered there.
—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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

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85%

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82%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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97%

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94%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students87%
Female85%
Male91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female89%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
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 (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 Students93%
Female93%
Male95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
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 (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 Students92%
Female94%
Male88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students94%
Female94%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities60%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female91%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities50%
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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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above 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
White 77% 67%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 6%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Black 2% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 5%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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