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Riverside Central Elementary School

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Posted July 12, 2014

This school is a living hell the teachers are horrible my child was attending the school from Pre-K -5th grade. in pre K through 2nd grade everything was okay. But then i started seeing my son fail he had bad spelling test scores he never improved. He had fun but i was suffering. The school is all fun the teachers they don't grade homework and don't keep track they just give them assignment and they never ask about them the next day? When my son hit middle school he was so ashamed at how dumb he was and how far behind he wished he went to the other elemantary schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Riverside is the best school in Minnesota i suggest you to take your kids here. There is a little bullying but when i went here there was huge consequense to the misbehavior. Again Its a Great School I suggest Mr.Johnson 3rd Grade Or Mrs.Newsome.Have Fun with your Choise.! Rate 10/10 Highly Recomended!!!!!!!!!


Posted September 13, 2012

I chose to take my child out of this school because of their high tolerance for bullying! They claim to have a zero tolerance bullying policy, but I would get calls and emails about my child being bullied. My child had items go missing that were never found, but one of the bullies had an item missing and the teachers allowed that child's parent to get in my child's face in front of other students. Her child's item was found in another classroom cubby they had!! My child was publicly shamed, with no apology, for something they didn't do! Riverside Central Elementary disgusts me!! I NEVER recommend this school. I have attended several field trips and noticed that the bullies seem to be favored by the teachers. I am so happy we pulled our child from this school. Grades went from 1's to 3's immediately!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2012

Great teachers at this school that care about all students. The new principal is wonderful. Very caring staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 2, 2012

This school is great in diversity. The teachers seem fairly new to teaching and new to the school, The prinicipal is never around. The office never relays important messages. Some para seem really rude with students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

I have had many problems from day one at this school. Issues that concerned my child I always had to hear from her and the teacher always had a different explanation than my child when I spoke to her. It seems they are pointing fingers elsewhere whenever we bring up an issue. They are quick to discipline without listening to the child, many teachers are too easily frustrated and not sensitive to the feelings of my child. There is a lot of bullying going on and not much done about it. My feeling is that a good teacher will appreciate what is good in every child and help them succeed. I do not see this happening here at all. My child is treated like a nuisance and we are looking elsewhere in the school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2011

I have had multiple issues with this school. They do not push your child to achieve higher goals. The teacher that we have this year is one of the reasons why Riverside is one of the worst schools in Minnesota. He picks on certain kids more than the bullies. He has zero enthusiam for bettering your child. Bullying is supposed to be Zero Tolerance, but that is a joke. Kids continue to torment other kids with no or very little consequences. If you care about your child's education....Look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

I feel that is one of the best elementary schools in Rochester. Due to the dynamics of the students and their outside lives it brings a lot of diversity to the school. They teachers do a marvelous job at working with each student and connecting to each and everyone of them, and making them all feel important and excited to learn. The direction, discipline, and drive is great! We had our kids and a several different schools, and we felt most comfortable, and welcomed at Riverside! Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2009

Great school! The diversity is true to real life, and every teacher is their for the love of the children. The priciple and assistant principle work wonderfully together to make it a safe, and a great place to be educated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

Poor. Our experience with this school was not a positive one.
—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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

78 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

65 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
68%

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 69% in 2010.

72 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

72 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
27%
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 Students62%
Female67%
Male56%
Black67%
Hispanic25%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Economically non-disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learners29%
Proficient in English74%
Non-migrant62%
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%
Female66%
Male50%
Black32%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Economically non-disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities66%
English language learners35%
Proficient in English69%
Non-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

Reading

All Students65%
Female72%
Male55%
Black53%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Economically non-disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities69%
English language learners25%
Proficient in English77%
Non-migrant65%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%
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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
24%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
33%
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 Students58%
Female55%
Male60%
Black50%
Asian61%
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Economically non-disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities38%
Students without disabilities61%
English language learners28%
Proficient in English70%
Non-migrant58%

Reading

All Students40%
Female47%
Male34%
Black43%
Asian38%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White40%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Economically non-disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities25%
Students without disabilities44%
English language learners14%
Proficient in English49%
Non-migrant40%
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 Students46%
Female39%
Male52%
Black32%
Asiann/a
Hispanic31%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Economically non-disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities46%
English language learners24%
Proficient in English59%
Non-migrant46%

Reading

All Students34%
Female34%
Male33%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic8%
Native Americann/a
White39%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Economically non-disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities38%
English language learners8%
Proficient in English46%
Non-migrant34%
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 Students33%
Female39%
Male27%
Black11%
Asian33%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Economically non-disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities36%
English language learners9%
Proficient in English45%
Non-migrant33%

Reading

All Students37%
Female44%
Male27%
Black25%
Asian30%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Economically non-disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities41%
English language learners6%
Proficient in English49%
Non-migrant37%

Science

All Students27%
Female35%
Male18%
Black10%
Asian15%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Economically non-disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilities7%
Students without disabilities32%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English39%
Non-migrant27%
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 18% 9%
Hispanic 15% 7%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 6%
Two or more races 5% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 67%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Christine Smith
Fax number
  • (507) 287-7871

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