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Island Lake Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted December 16, 2013

Island Lake Elementary is a wonderful school. And Mr.Durand is truly an outstanding principal. The school deserves its top rated status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2011

I went to Island Lake from '94 to '99. I was diagnosed with a disability in high school and looking back, I would say I was treated very poorly about my deficiencies. The teachers were very intolerant of kids with learning disabilities. I was slower at learning how to read than most people and I was not compensated at all for that. The teachers complained and just assumed I was being lazy and didn't care. Suburban kids are very jealous of each other and they can be difficult to get along with. Parents can be very snotty too. The teachers there were certainly not the worst, but looking back I would say the experience was far more negative than positive.


Posted May 5, 2011

Island Lake is by far one of the best schools I have set foot in. Each and every teacher cares more about their students and I find it a privilege to work here. Our school has worked hard to instill a positive behavior reinforcement approach - our students run our morning television newscast each day, students are given Wolf Pride tickets when they demonstrate acts of cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. We hold monthly assemblies to promote CARES in our children, have numerous activities for students to participate in, hold monthly food drives and spirit days, and have an amazing parent volunteer population. At Island Lake, teachers meet the demands of rigorous testing imposed by the nation, state, and district all while working to develop relationships with their students. The office staff is a delight to work with, whether you're a parent with a question or a teacher with a request. If I lived in the attendance area, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to enroll my child at Island Lake - and that's coming from someone who has worked here for years and knows the ins and outs, who knows the staff well, who knows what's REALLY going on inside our walls.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 5, 2010

Island Lake is an awesome school. All of my children have excelled here. Staff develops appropriate challenges suited to their ability. Parent involvement is excellent, yet I'm never made to feel guilty if I don't have time to volunteer. The PTA is active and provide lots of opportunities for community building.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

My child is in the second grade at Island Lake, and his teacher has been nothing but wonderful. I have found the curriculum to be both challenging and optimized for learning. The communication between school staff and myself has always been exceptional, with updates via email and telephone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2008

The teachers in my childs grade seem a bit impersonal and sometimes down right cold. The school its self feels a bit dingy and could use some good energy. My childs test scores are well above average but the teachers don't seem to do anything to keep my child challanged.
—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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 46% in 2011.

127 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students88%
Female92%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant88%
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 Students87%
Female91%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
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 Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Blackn/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English94%
Not migrant94%
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.

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 54% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%
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%
Female70%
Male82%
Black20%
Asian90%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities69%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English76%
Not migrant76%

Reading

All Students74%
Female71%
Male78%
Blackn/a
Asian78%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilities46%
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English75%
Not migrant74%
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 Students78%
Female77%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English79%
Not migrant78%

Reading

All Students69%
Female70%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian65%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%
Not migrant69%
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 Students68%
Female65%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian69%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%
Not migrant68%

Reading

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asian75%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant80%

Science

All Students75%
Female81%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian69%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities77%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant75%
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 75% 73%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 6%
Black 6% 9%
Hispanic 5% 7%
Two or more races 4% 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 23%N/A37%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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