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Otsego Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 749 students

 

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Posted March 13, 2014

The staff is very good at brushing things under the rug. They find excuses why they are not to blame for falling test scores and low student performance. Retention has been come a problem for the school as the staff will not take advice on how to correct the issues. Bullying of students is accepted at the school and staff usually blames the victims.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

This school has done great things and they are "moving forward" as they say. The kids LOVE the school, their teachers and the principal. We couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2011

My child just completed Kindergarten, and is entering first grade. I could not be more thrilled to have my child at OES. The community of OES creates a welcome environment in which the individual needs of both struggling and excelling learners is identified and treated. The every day K teacher is someone for whom I would vote for president and we loved her as much as she loved our child. The reputation OES has earned for the "academic probation" (which everyone knows is a complete policy nightmare passed on from the gov) is not true and I wouldn't want my child at any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

My special needs child is respected and cared for. His school work is challenging for him and the teachers and assts help but also allow him to be independent. I think this is one of the best things about the school. the kids in the class play with him and include him too. the principle is someone he knows, likes and sees often (but not in a bad way). I think this is a really good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

Otsego Elementary is a fantastic school! Everyone from the teachers to the office staff are superb. They work WITH parents to help every child succeed!!


Posted June 4, 2011

I have had the opposite experience and feel this school goes above and beyond to meet my child's needs. I am involved, read the eagle news and am impressed with the ENTIRE staff. The family support is critical and this school works in partnership with the parents to help all kids, and there are a lot of needs in any public school. As I said, I am IMPRESSED with this school and thankful my children attend here. Thanks to all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

If your child needs help and is not a special needs child it is next to impossible to get support from the school. My child was not doing well; I met with the principal and she told me that my child was one who was falling through the cracks. She also said that the school did not have the funding that they needed to help my child and that I should write to my congressman!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

If you really don't know much about education or have the attitude that "it was good enough for me, so it's good enough for my kids" then this is the school for you. It's an example of what happens when we fail our children...on every academic opportunity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2011

I do NOT like this school!! The principal has rushed me off the phone without listening to my concerns and it has happened too many times.. There have been too many issues we have had with the school.. IF the pricipal cared at all she would listen to what the parents have to say.. I know others that have had issues with her..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2010

I love Otsego Elementary and my kids love it too. The teachers are great. The principal is wonderful and so much fun...you can tell she really cares about her students. I'm sad to see such a low GreatSchools.org rating. I know there have been struggles but the staff is doing everything they can to turn that around. I am also happy to say that OES is one of the few elementary schools that has a National Elementary Honor Society Chapter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2009

excellent leadership - listens, visible and on top of things
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2009

OES has wonderful staff, active & supportive parents, and a great student body. Principal Erin Talley has really made a great difference at our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

Both of grandchildren have received a good education from this school. I especially appreciate all the teachers that work with my grandson who has some special needs. It does my heart good to see how anxious and excited he is to go to school!


Posted November 5, 2009

Otsego Elementary has great teachers that really care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

Teachers are especially wonderful, always coming up with great ideas for learning
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

I have a kindergartner so we are new to school. So far she loves school and her teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

I love Otsego Elementary because of the great experienced teachers and the principal is great!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

I love Otsego Elementary because of all the great extracurricular activites they offer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

What makes Otsego Elementary a great school is how much the students and parents look up to their teachers and staff. To this day, I (a former student of some teachers at Otsego) look to them for advice and support as a new teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

I think the principal is most awesome! She is sincere about the love for her school. Direct, Friendly, Caring and Dedicated always. The staff is caring and friendly and smile alot. The maintenance people keep the school looking clean and nice. I especially like that there is no bullying at this school. Kids learn respect and practice it regularly. I have a son in college now, that attending elementary at Otsego and a fifth grade daughter there in her sixth year attending currently. She likes most the friendly people there! And she has become so good at reading and math because they are striving to teach her them and help her do her best! Sincerely, R.T.
—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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

113 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

139 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
34%
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 Students90%
Female93%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilities64%
Students without disabilities93%
English language learners69%
Proficient in English92%
Not migrant90%
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 Students68%
Female68%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant68%
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 Students83%
Female83%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant83%
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.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
39%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
47%
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 Students70%
Female75%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities74%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Not migrant70%

Reading

All Students51%
Female48%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English51%
Not migrant51%
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 Students65%
Female65%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities31%
Students without disabilities71%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English67%
Not migrant65%

Reading

All Students45%
Female52%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities48%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Not migrant45%
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 Students72%
Female71%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English74%
Not migrant72%

Reading

All Students63%
Female63%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilities8%
Students without disabilities69%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant63%

Science

All Students56%
Female55%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities21%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Not migrant56%
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 89% 73%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 6%
Black 2% 9%
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 26%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Erin Talley
Fax number
  • (763) 241-3496

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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8125 NE River Rd
Otsego, MN 55330
Phone: (763) 241-3494

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