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John F. Ryan Elementary School

Public | 5-6 & ungraded | 705 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted February 5, 2014

My Child attends the John F Ryan School in Tewksbury and is currently in 6th grade. My child was recommended for the Language Based Classroom for both 5th and 6th grade. This is not a true Language Based Classroom. Last Year the small group instruction for the Math & ELA was discontinued without notice to parents and the children were fully integrated in with their typically learning peers for both subjects and only have small group instruction for Reading. They also do not follow a Research based model for reading instead they use Storytown. Several parents last year filed with the DOE and won against the changes that were made without their consent. Communication between staff and parents more often than not is non-existent. We have been very disappointed with this program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

My child began going to the Ryan School in December of fifth grade after my family moved to Tewksbury from a prestigious neighboring community where we rented. As an educator myself and having my child attend K-4 in a top-notch district, I had some worries about the Ryan School. My concerns were completely unfounded. My child received attentive instruction, was immediately invited and encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities, and made to feel welcome. We both like the fifth and sixth grade school, it's a fine option for older elementary kids who don't want to be lumped with little kids but who would be young yet for middle school. I did feel the PAC did not communicate with our family at all, I had no awareness of any of their doings or goings on. Now that my child is about to begin sixth grade I see they send their communication home at the beginning of the year and it would appear not to happen at other times in the year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2007

I have a child who completed grades 5 and 6 at the Ryan. I am very pleased with the education he received. I have a current 5th grader who is also receiving a great education at the Ryan. He is very happy and enjoys his teachers. They are pleasant and approachable. There are however over 20 students in his classes not the estimate of 16 students. I rate the school an 8 star.
—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 65% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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66%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

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48%

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50%
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.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
60%
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 Students70%
Female74%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female69%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students57%
Female55%
Male59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities9%
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 Students72%
Female77%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students62%
Female59%
Male64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities10%
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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50%
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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

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 96% 68%
Asian 1% 6%
Black 1% 8%
Hispanic 1% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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135 Pleasant St
Tewksbury, MA 01876
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