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Pine River-Backus Elementary School

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Posted May 5, 2014

Not all bad however I have pulled my children for at home schooling. I believe it would be very beneficial for them to find a new superintendent. One who perhaps as the taxes payer before giving herself a 20,000/year raise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

The previous letter was no doubt written by some disgruntled parent, teacher or staff person. I have lived in Pine River for over 40 years and though every school has its ups and downs, I can honestly say that there are very few negative comments coming from the public or those who attend or work at PRB. The school has been a great asset to the community. We, as many schools in this area fight the fight of a depressed economy on some levels, which makes it a challenge to work through, but I feel the school addresses these needs very well and many of the students go on to great college and work careers. We have students in Princeton, Harvard and every other high ranking college in the U.S. and they do very well. I do not buy the short ranking issured by the previous writer and I would belive neither do many who live here and send their kids to school here!


Posted December 1, 2010

Parents BEWARE... I was a very active parent volunteer. The good: The school is a very nice updated & modern facility. The sports program all though limited is very good. Most teachers are mostly good to excellent in the elementary school (K-12 is all one building) The bad: Elementary school HAD some wonderful teachers & still have a handful of wonderful teachers. The principle is selectively getting rid of the (old school) teachers & bringing in her new (i mean fresh out of college) teachers strictly because of money & intimidation factor (opinion). Don't get me wrong, to bring in SOME inexperience teachers is good, but not all, I mean over 8 teachers in the past 2 yrs. in elementary alone. The new teacher s classrooms are very chaotic, no discipline. We are now classified as a Title I. Less than a handful of gifted student programs but plenty of money & programs for challenged children which isn't a terribly bad thing, but moneys should be better divided equally into multiple levels. Bullying is a problem. They talk the talk, but not walk the walk. Bottom line is if you have an average to above average child, please do your own research before you choose Pine River/Backus.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

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.

47 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

52 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

54 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
48%
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 Students86%
Female83%
Male90%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English86%
Not migrant86%
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 Students76%
Female71%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities81%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant76%
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%
Female66%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English73%
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 Students80%
Female79%
Male81%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities85%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant80%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%
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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
56%
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 57% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%
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 Students76%
Female90%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities80%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%

Reading

All Students48%
Female67%
Male37%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English48%
Not migrant48%
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 Students64%
Female60%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities72%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant64%

Reading

All Students43%
Female51%
Male32%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities49%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English43%
Not migrant43%
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 Students42%
Female40%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Not migrant42%

Reading

All Students39%
Female40%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities45%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Not migrant39%

Science

All Students49%
Female40%
Male57%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities27%
Students without disabilities55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English50%
Not migrant49%
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%
Female39%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English40%
Not migrant40%

Reading

All Students41%
Female39%
Male43%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English41%
Eligible for migrant servicesn/a
Not migrant41%
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 93% 73%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Black 2% 9%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hispanic 1% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Jackie Bruns
Fax number
  • (218) 589-8390

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Pine River, MN 56474
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