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Hiawatha Elementary School

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Posted November 29, 2013

Hiawatha/Howe Community school has provided my children a fantastic education - taught at their academic level. The staff and teachers are experienced, devoted, and caring. Parents are heavily involved in the school community. And this a small school with kids from the community - so everyone knows everyone. The "2" rating provide by this web page reflects a bias toward test scores which do not accurately represent the education the children are receiving. A visit to the school will reveal the real treasure this school is and the commitment everyone has toward educational success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2013

I love that from kindergarten they put the kids on a course to college. When I enrolled my kids in this school the first year they opened it was in part because they were going to teach my kids how to speak spanish. Instead the offer of a bilingual school brought in a majority of hispanic students and instead of teaching spanish it became an ESL school with no diversity. My kids are now in 5th grade and 6 years still can't speak but a few common words and phrases in spanish. What killed it for me was last month M.L.K birthday was not acknowledged and neither was black history month, But trust me they do it big for cinco de mayo. Overall the school has a great atmosphere and great teachers but I will not let my children miss out on learning everything they need to know about our history and culture. Sad and Disappointed Parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2012

The teachers are great, the principal is wonderful. I think Hiawatha does an excellent job of fostering s school identity, and this is evident in the children's hard work and the parent involvement. It is important to remember that this test scoresn(and thus the Grest Schools rating) reflect progress against a fixed bar, not a class's progress over the year. Hiawatha has a moderate percentage of ESL students. Their challenges with the language bring the test scores down despite the fact that many of them have made huge academic steps. The scores do not accurately reflect the quality of Hiawatha.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

Because it is a diverse inner city community school working very hard to educate children under tough conditions.


Posted July 1, 2008

I'm an alumni of Hiawatha, and wish I was still a student! the atmosphere there is like a family, and the staff is wonderful! The students and parents are some of the nicest people I could ever meet!


Posted April 4, 2008

The faculty and administration go the extra mile to ensure the students receive a solid educational foundation. As well, I've never seen a more involved PTO. Truly an exemplary school.


Posted July 31, 2006

Hiawatha School provides a small town feeling and has separated classrooms with doors to help the teachers keep the kids focused. The curriculum is challenging, the teachers are smart and care. Lower test scores reflect the diversity of languages not the quality of the education.
—Submitted by a student


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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 83% in 2010.

40 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

40 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
33%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

48 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

32 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

40 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
11%
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 Students73%
Female80%
Male65%
Black60%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities78%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant73%
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 Students69%
Female70%
Male68%
Black70%
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities76%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant69%
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 Students59%
Female58%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Not migrant59%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
29%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
25%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
28%
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 Students48%
Female53%
Male40%
Black9%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities52%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English57%
Not migrant48%

Reading

All Students36%
Female40%
Male30%
Black0%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities39%
English language learners18%
Proficient in English41%
Not migrant36%
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 Students49%
Female55%
Male43%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Not migrant49%

Reading

All Students30%
Female36%
Male24%
Black14%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Not migrant30%
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 Students40%
Female41%
Male39%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Not migrant40%

Reading

All Students53%
Female59%
Male46%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities58%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English66%
Not migrant53%

Science

All Students39%
Female41%
Male38%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic15%
Native Americann/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English49%
Not migrant39%
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 47% 73%
Black 20% 9%
Hispanic 19% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 9% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Two or more races 2% 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 59%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Rosalind Robbins
Fax number
  • (612) 668-4620

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4201 42nd Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55406
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