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Will James 7-8

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4 stars

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Posted April 30, 2013

My grandsons loved Will James. The boys received good academic attention and loved their teachers! They realize WJ has a reputation for being rock'solid and tried to keep up the reputation. Mr. Orner is great!


Posted May 7, 2010

Best school you could ever ask for! Teachers are the best as is office staff and principals!! Wish my boys could be in JR High again!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2009

We transferred from a private school. This school has every bit of the compassion, consideration, and concern for each student. The music program is comparable to grade levels much higher. Encouragement is unbelievable. I can not say enough good things about this school! The principal and vice principal are truly outstanding....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2008

My Child was having difficulty in elementary school with a learning disability and now thanks to the staff and administration at Will James she has worked to recieve a 3.75 GPA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2005

I think Will James is A great school in all. The teachers are very nice. The Principal also has great leadership skills!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2005

Wonderful teachers, admin, staff - kids excel in all core subjects. Great volunteer program; many ways for parents to be involved. The best music programs in city, great sports. I've visited all others in city - W.J. is the best!
—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 70% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 84% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic88%
Participates in free/reduced lunch75%
Students with disabilities27%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White, Non-Hispanic92%
Participates in free/reduced lunch81%
Students with disabilities46%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Math

All Students77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native40%
White, Non-Hispanic80%
Participates in free/reduced lunch52%
Students with disabilities17%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Reading

All Students94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native70%
White, Non-Hispanic96%
Participates in free/reduced lunch88%
Students with disabilities75%
Limited English proficiencyn/a

Science

All Students75%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian/Alaskan Native30%
White, Non-Hispanic77%
Participates in free/reduced lunch61%
Students with disabilities42%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Montana used the Criterion-Referenced Test (CRT) to assess students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in reading and math and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Montana. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Montana Office of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Montana Office of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 81%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 12%
Hispanic 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Black 1% 1%
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 22%N/A40%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Billings, MT 59102
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