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Donley Elementary School

Public | K-4 & ungraded | 352 students

 

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Posted February 11, 2014

My school is Donley Elementary School where I presently have 2 first graders and previosly a 5th grader. This school is excellent in all respects. The teachers, principal, counselor and other staff are enthusiastic, motivating and strongly support children socially, emotionally and academically. The level of communication between staff and us as parents is perfect. If the student is doing well or there is a problem, the staff notifify us promptly. Every teacher has been intelligent, patient, and highly motivated to help our children learn as individuals. I highly reccomend this school to any parent. Kennan M. DeWitt, East Lansing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Donley has an awesome team of educators that support and help our students to get ready for their future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

My daughter has loved her years at Donley and we have loved seeing her excel! The principal is engaging and available and the faculty are very caring individuals.
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Posted September 5, 2008

My daughter attends Donley and my son did for a while before being moved to special needs class in another building. Her first grade teacher was fantastic! I couldn't have hoped for more. The principal is fantastic. We had horrible experiences in the Lansing district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

We were new this past year to Donley. They have an exceptional faculity. The principal is very visible and engaged. I found the student body to be kinda 'tough' even only being k-4th grade.
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Posted November 1, 2007

Donley is a very good school to me anyways. My daughter just transferred there from a Lansing school and they really are helping her to catch up. There are also many programs to help her during her transition. Teachers are excellent and very helpful with parents.
—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.

Grade level

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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40%

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43%

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30%

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30%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

60 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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68%

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65%

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44%

2011

 
 
44%
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About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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43%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

64 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Michigan used the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in math, reading and writing; in grades 5 and 8 in science; and in grades 6 and 9 in social studies. Currently, GreatSchools' ratings reflect 2013 MEAP results; ratings will be updated after 2014 Michigan Merit Examination (MME) results are released. The MEAP is a standards-based test, which measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the Michigan State Board of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the MEAP test. In addition, they have recalculated past years' results using these new standards for proficiency, making the above year-over-year results comparable.

Source: Michigan Department of Education

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How schools in the state rate:

19%
of schools in the state are Below average
55%
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

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MEAP results from the state of Michigan.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 net growth (significant improvement/improvement - significant decrease/decrease) according to Performance Level Changes from the state of Michigan.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 55% 69%
African-American 14% 18%
Multiracial 13% 2%
Hispanic 11% 6%
Asian 7% 3%
American Indian 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian N/A 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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Special education / special needs

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  • Special education
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Robert Stephenson
Fax number
  • (517) 333-5090

Programs

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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2961 East Lake Lansing Rd
East Lansing, MI 48823
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