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Valley Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 911 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted January 27, 2013

My daughter has thrived at VMS; she has been given the opportunity to try new things and academically she has been placed in appropriate classes that challenge. I know that VMS has a bad rap but have found the school to do a great job of treating kids as individuals and preparing them for high school & beyond. They do a great job of recognizing students for hard work & good character (instead of just grades) through their Citizen Scholar program. They are also one of the first in the state to have a Nat l Jr. Honor Society program. The diversity at the school is one of its greatest strengths & weaknesses, I don't know of another place in the south suburbs that will introduce kids to what the real world looks like quite like Valley does. It helps teach them tolerance & pushes them to figure out how to work with people from different backgrounds, these are two lifelong skills. But of the flip side of that is the challenges diversity poses. With the diversity in the student body (in ethnicity, race, & economics) comes friction & struggles. But even with some of those challenges I am happy my daughter attends Valley & plan to have my son attend in as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

This school has been so good for my two grandchilren: supportive and caring Principal and administration; a diverse student body; excellent staff; provides outstanding leadership opportunities. They all much deserve such an award.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

Its where I went, my sister went, and now my niece is going. It has won national school of excellence awards. The teachers are excellent teachers, the coaches are excellent coaches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2009

I recently attended, and have gone on to do well in high school and got into a respectful college with ease. All in all VMS did a good job, and i was taught everything i needed to do well in high school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2008

Not very good! Get rid of the open class rooms. Why are advanced students in with the not so advanced students? How do you not have physical education each day. Young boys are made to run around, they have alot of energy. Why is a young boy sitting in a classroom all day without any physical activity? This does not make sense. I would have never lasted in this enviroment when I was young. By the way I too was a boy with a lot of energy and found schools that teach only by lecture very boring and confusing. By they way, I am not a high school drop out, I am a father with a 4yr degree and a very important and respected employment.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 69% in 2010.

288 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

284 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2010.

298 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2012.

262 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2010.

315 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

301 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2011.

309 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
45%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students79%
Female82%
Male76%
Black51%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Economically non-disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities52%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learners41%
Proficient in English81%
Non-migrant79%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students72%
Female73%
Male72%
Black51%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Economically non-disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learners26%
Proficient in English76%
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students72%
Female70%
Male73%
Black44%
Hispanic70%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Economically non-disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities56%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 44% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
37%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students53%
Female56%
Male50%
Black32%
Asian42%
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Economically non-disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities22%
Students without disabilities57%
English language learners12%
Proficient in English56%
Non-migrant53%

Reading

All Students59%
Female62%
Male56%
Black40%
Asian42%
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Economically non-disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities28%
Students without disabilities63%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English63%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Non-migrant59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students52%
Female46%
Male57%
Black30%
Asian72%
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Economically non-disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities32%
Students without disabilities54%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English54%
Non-migrant52%

Reading

All Students57%
Female58%
Male56%
Black28%
Asian83%
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Economically non-disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners15%
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant57%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female63%
Male61%
Black23%
Asian63%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Economically non-disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learners16%
Proficient in English66%
Non-migrant62%

Reading

All Students54%
Female59%
Male49%
Black25%
Asian32%
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Economically non-disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilities43%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learners15%
Proficient in English57%
Non-migrant54%

Science

All Students44%
Female46%
Male43%
Black10%
Asian25%
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Economically non-disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English47%
Non-migrant44%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 74%
Black 17% 9%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Asian 7% 6%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Apple Valley, MN 55124
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