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Wayne N Tanaka Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 992 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 6, 2014

Worst school ever! Had an issue with 2 teachers bullying my son and calling him names in front the class. Calling him a cry baby after they humiliated him in front of the class. I pulled him out immediatly!!! Please don't send your kids here to get mistreated
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2014

Tanaka does a nice job of recognizing students that excel. The principal have a pizza party with the students every couple of months. My son was also selected as a Distinguished Dragon and was given a shirt that he now wears every Friday. The after school activities are usually free and we get involved when our schedule allows. Our family really enjoys the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

Worst school ever!! They think it is okay for teachers and staff to be physical with students. They disrespect parents and children! Stay away. I pulled my 3rd grader out immediately!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

Tanaka is a fabulous school. The teachers and staff are very friendly and encouraging. Unfortunately, the parent involvement is not where is should be, so the teachers have their work cut out for them. I am extremely impressed with the interaction I've had with my child's teacher who is always very professional and forthcoming. My child has improved greatly this last year with the help of her teacher. Although the school has not preformed well with test scores, I believe that has more to do with the parental involvement with the students. In my last school, parents had to race to be able to sign up as "room mothers" and if you didn't make it in time you had to find other ways in being involved in the school. I wish I knew more of the administration, which seems withdrawn, however I rate this school a 4 average because of the excellent teachers, the positive environment, and the open door policy with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

Tanaka when it comes to discipline towards the students are unfair and unjust. They are uneducated when it comes to the steps they need to take. They are not fair with students its very sad they should be investigated.


Posted April 18, 2011

Worst school ever. The counselor assalted my son and left bruises all over him. When I went to the superintendant and principle, they made excuses and made it seem like my son was the problem. The counselor still works there because I didnt want to press charges, have him arrested and go to court. The staff is also very rude. Steer clear. Terrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

Since I find myself checking the reviews from this website to decide on several matters in our familial situation, i gues it is but fair to put my two cents as to the outcome of my search with regards to what school my daughter should go to ... sure the score for Tanaka is just a 5 out of 10 but i have involved myself in my child's learning and i think the scoring does not give justice to the hardwork the faculty, parents and the kids themselves exert to attain the environment this school has become. My daughter has been going to this school for two years now and I can definitely say that the teachers are very well versed with what they teach - they have an open door policy with the parents. It will not be fair to just blame the teachers if the kids are not learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

I think the administration at this school is average. The test scores at this school seem to be the lowest in a five mile radius which is concerning to me. In comparision to other schools in the region I think this school needs additional programs. Many of the teachers are the school seem very talented. My son had a fabulous teacher and really learned a lot. I just wish the administration had more educational programs and the school was able to get the test scores up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 10, 2008

My child is in the full day Kindergarten program and academically is doing great. His teacher has done a wonderful job teaching him the skills he needs to be a good reader. Unfortunately we are moving out of the area and he will be attending another school next year. I can only hope there he will have as great of an experience as he has had at Tanaka.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2008

My child was fortunate enough to get into their full day kindergarten program. I am so surprised at what she is learning at this grade level! The teachers are very dedicated to their students. They have a variety of cultural and parent involvement activities. I am keeping my child here for now even since we can afford sending her to private school! It takes a parents involvement in a child's education and constant participation in the school's programs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2007

My daughter currently attends this school and it is a great school. The staff is very caring and is a great help with every child. My daughter has excelled since starting here this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

This is a great school. They put a lot of effort in teaching the students. They care about the kids. But be ware some of the teachers are very snooty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

The teachers are experience and seem to care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

My little sister use to go here and I think that it is a wonderful school! They whole staff is great and really care about the children. They always have school fundraisers to help raise money for the school and I know the kids really like it. I recommend this school for everbody grades K-5!
—Submitted by a student


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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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
52%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2013.

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 61% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 44% in 2011.

170 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
42%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students65%
Female81%
Male51%
Black/African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian70%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch53%
Full price80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities66%
Students with limited English proficiency69%
Proficient in English64%
Not migrant65%

Reading

All Students55%
Female70%
Male41%
Black/African American48%
Asian50%
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian55%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch45%
Full price70%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities58%
Students with limited English proficiency27%
Proficient in English61%
Not migrant55%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Black/African American70%
Asian94%
Hispanic66%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian93%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch75%
Full price88%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
Students without disabilities85%
Students with limited English proficiency55%
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant81%

Reading

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black/African American70%
Asian84%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
White/Caucasian85%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch70%
Full price85%
Students with disabilities (IEP)29%
Students without disabilities84%
Students with limited English proficiency50%
Proficient in English81%
Not migrant77%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Female74%
Male83%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian89%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch74%
Full price87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities86%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English82%
Not migrant78%

Reading

All Students71%
Female71%
Male72%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian82%
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian79%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch62%
Full price87%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English77%
Not migrant71%

Science

All Students71%
Female68%
Male73%
Black/African Americann/a
Asian79%
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian/Alaskan Nativen/a
White/Caucasian81%
Students qualifying for free/reduced lunch63%
Full price83%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
Students without disabilities77%
Students with limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English78%
Not migrant71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Nevada used the Criterion Referenced Test (CRT) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and in grades 5 and 8 in science. The CRT is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Nevada Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Nevada Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 29% 40%
White 29% 37%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 6%
Black 13% 10%
Two or more races 12% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Las Vegas, NV 89148
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