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Martin Luther King Elementary School

Public | 4-5 & ungraded | 28 students

 
 

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Posted January 7, 2013

My child is in the 4th grade and as parents who seek to become involved in our child's education this school greatly disappoints us. Teachers are more interested in CYA than the kids. Several requests for written instruction as to what goes on in the classroom have been ignored. Follow up requests in person seem to generate only poor excuses. What's the big secret? If parents become aware of what takes place during the day we could further support those efforts at night. A one page homework assignment takes my kid 5 minutes to complete. It appears that as long as the kid gets an AVERAGE grade the teachers are ok with it. This way they can focus on kids in class that are struggling. Parents who seek to help should never be made to feel in the way...especially when it is clear that the present efforts to assist ALL are not being met. We moved here because of the school system. While Knollwood was great, MLK has lots to improve on
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2011

My Son went to MLK from September 2010 to Feb 2011 and he loved his school. We moved out from Jersey but my Son will never forget MLK.He made great improvement in his academics. The Teachers were great and he made some very good friends there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2008

We moved to Jersey in the month of Oct 2007 and by that time my daughter lost a full month of school, yet due to extra care and motivation from the teachers she was able to do good and catch up by the end of 3rd term and she has also started liking the school and the teachers. She is already missing her school and classmates and is looking forward to get back to school after the summer vaccations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2004

My son went to MLK recently. It took him couple of months to dislike it very much. Although his previous schools he liked a lot. Being a quick learner, he needed additional challenge from a teacher, and was never given it. Academically this school is not bad, just a generall attitude towards students is - do what you are told to and we will leave you alone. At the end of the year my son's dislike for the school turned into hatred. Now he went to another school, and likes it very much. I believe the staff needs to pay attention to motivation and personal approach to children. It is a rather big school, but some other school of that size still manage to do so.
—Submitted by a parent


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About these ratings

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.
Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 59% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

The state average for Language Arts Literacy was 61% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students76%
Female83%
Male69%
Black72%
Asian88%
Hispanic50%
White79%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Special education35%
General education82%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female87%
Male94%
Black84%
Asian96%
Hispanic92%
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education81%
General education93%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former69%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students94%
Female92%
Male97%
Black94%
Asian96%
Hispanic97%
White89%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Special education92%
General education96%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant94%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former62%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Language Arts Literacy

All Students76%
Female83%
Male67%
Black68%
Asian79%
Hispanic75%
White82%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
General education83%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male89%
Black83%
Asian92%
Hispanic90%
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Special education15%
General education98%
English language learners50%
Non-migrant90%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Former65%
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJ ASK) to test students in grades 3 through 8 in language arts literacy and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The NJ ASK is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the New Jersey Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

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Math growth at this school

Above average

Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 This rating is based on 2012-13 NJ ASK, HSPA, and/or NJBCT results from the New Jersey Department of Education.

2 This rating is based on 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in math and reading from from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 36% 9%
Black 28% 16%
White 23% 51%
Hispanic 12% 22%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 28%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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5205 Ludlow Street
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: (732) 699-1563

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