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Starr Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 537 students

 

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Posted December 17, 2008

So far the teachers are wonderful and understanding towards our daughter that goes there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I am new to the district this year. My family and I have been very pleased with the new buildings and teachers. The ciriculum seems to be challenging and also allows children to be themsleves. I have nothign but great things to say about the before and after school program called SAFE. It is a great program that alllows my child to attend before and after school for a small fee per hour. It has been a life saver knowing that she is safe and can interact with ohters her age at the same time. Great extra curricular activities available both at school and in the area. Having a pool right there gives kids a chance to be very diverse in the choices they have. Go Plainwell!
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Posted August 27, 2003

I have two children that attend Starr Elementary. This is my son's fourth year and my daughter's third. I have been very pleased with the level of education that they have received. My son is currently in the Visions program; which is a gifted and talented program. They meet once a week before school and cover a variety of areas. In addition to this all of his teachers have supplemented the normal classroom activities so that he is continually challenged and doesn't grow bored. The school has a zero tolerance policy and this policy is strictly enforced. As a result I feel very safe sending my kids to school every day. They also have a before and after school program as well as a summer program that is run by a fantastic group of people.


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
49%

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 61% in 2014.

77 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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69%

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

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52%

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
41%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 70% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 51% in 2014.

96 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
29%
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

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2014.

80 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 17% in 2014.

81 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
18%
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

Below Average

Reading growth at this school

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 93% 69%
Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 2% 2%
African-American 1% 18%
American Indian 0% 1%
Asian 0% 3%
Native Hawaiian 0% 0%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A48%
Source: MI Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Laurie Lanphear
Fax number
  • (269) 685-2027

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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601 School Dr
Plainwell, MI 49080
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Phone: (269) 685-5835

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