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W. Edward Balmer Elementary School

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Posted May 27, 2009

Balmer's after school program turns a good school into a superb school. Kids love it and they get extra learning too! They should market their program.
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Posted January 6, 2005

The school staff is wonderful. I would like to see an increase in homework and more communication with parents as to what the children are learning. Even though their classroom work is sent home, I am still not clear as to all subject material covered on a daily basis. A suggestion would be the teacher's sending home a classroom monthly news lettera as they do in the younger grades. This would benefit parents who work with their children at home. Thank you.
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Posted December 16, 2004

principal is the best! i know several parents that send their kids 2 bellingham douglas and uxbridge and northbridge definitely has higher quality work and education as well schools are also safer. i should know my husband works for schools!
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Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
44%
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 Students52%
Female64%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Title I18%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students49%
Female53%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Title I11%
Students with disabilities11%
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 Students42%
Female47%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Title I8%
Students with disabilities0%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students42%
Female41%
Male42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Title I3%
Students with disabilities12%
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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The GreatSchools rating is a simple tool for parents to compare schools based on test scores, student academic growth, and college readiness. It compares schools across the state, where the highest rated schools in the state are designated as “Above Average” and the lowest “Below Average.” It is designed to be a starting point to help parents make baseline comparisons. We always advise parents to visit the school and consider other information on school performance and programs, as well as consider their child's and family's needs as part of the school selection process.

 
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How schools in the state rate:

24%
of schools in the state are Below average
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

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
White 90% 67%
Hispanic 5% 16%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 8%
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 28%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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