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Northwinds Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 636 students

 
 

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Posted October 28, 2012

Last year I could not say enough good things about special ed services. But, this year, different kid, different teacher; there are "issues" now that are causing me to re-think how flattering I want to be. Certain teachers, awesome. Certain administrators, frustrating. I'll leave it at that for the moment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

When my husbands job took us to this area, we decided on Buffalo because the school system was highly rated. We are very happy with the move. We have been so pleased with the Buffalo School District! The teachers at Northwinds have been wonderful, very caring. The principal, Mrs Fenis is very fair and does a wonderful job. It is a newer school which is also nice. They also have a great playground that the kids love going to. I can't think of one bad thing to say about Northwinds. I love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My son currently attends Northwinds, and went from adoring everything about school at the beginning of the year to hating to go now. He is only in 1st grade, but is nit-picked daily by teachers and staff for things any normal 7 year old would do....getting in trouble for basically being a kidand voicing his opinion ocassionally. You cannot tell me that every child in that school is a perfect angel, except my son! But for some reason it is almost like they have singled him out as a 'trouble-maker' even though he displays none of these traits any other time. I am so unhappy with his experience that I am now researching options of switching him to another school.
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Posted January 27, 2009

My child attends this school. We have had numerous problems with attendance issues and transportation issues. Some of the staff is very friendly others not so much. My childs teacher however is wonderful. I do have to say that my child is learning well in her environment if only the office could get their stuff correct it would be the perfect school.
—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 83% in 2010.

127 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

101 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
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 77% in 2010.

97 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

89 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
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 69% in 2010.

92 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

135 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students87%
Female91%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities89%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Not migrant87%
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 Students81%
Female87%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities75%
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%
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 Students85%
Female86%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities26%
Students without disabilities94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%
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 72% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%
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 71% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%
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 60% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%
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 Students81%
Female79%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities88%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant81%

Reading

All Students62%
Female62%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant62%
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 Students84%
Female82%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities41%
Students without disabilities92%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English84%
Not migrant84%

Reading

All Students66%
Female66%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities73%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant66%
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%
Female56%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities63%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%
Not migrant62%

Reading

All Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant79%

Science

All Students68%
Female68%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English68%
Not migrant68%
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 95% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Black 1% 9%
Hispanic 1% 7%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 27%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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