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Somerdale Park Elementary School

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Posted February 23, 2014

My two gaels have gone thru this school with one still there. Lately I have become concerned about whats I am seeing. They have cut back on many things that I would think would be important. They don't have an art class like they used to and the man who taught the class was a wonderful influence on the kids (Think Bill Cosby philosophy). He really challenged my daughter and she learned life lessons and accomplishment by really trying. I also don't understand why the kids can't have books to bring home and study. Trying to learning and maneuver around a Science book is hard enough but try and do it on a laptop. My little one spends more time searching on the internet than being able to ready and truly understand a subject that I know this school has struggled in the past to help kids excel with. I know change takes time and I hope all this "Happy Monday" stuff is followed up with real academic leadership. I know when my older one went to Sterling she was behind and I feel like she lost an opportunity to get into higher level classes. Your only a kid once and I am afraid she lost her chance to learn at a level which would help broaden lifelong opportunities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

My children have been at this school almost four years; teachers are awesome, but one of my complaints is that the secretary in front of the principal and others is one thing and in front of my child is another thing. It's a shame they have a person like that working with them and with kids. It needs a change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

The teachers at this school are awesome. My daughter started Kindergarten this year and they told me she would be reading/writing by third marking period. Was doubtful, but much to my surprise, she is reading/writing at the K level. Way to go Park Teachewrs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

My children have been at this school for many years. One of my complaints is that after school activities are very political and have exercised favoritism. This is sad for the other children who would like the opportunity to shine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

Administration above the principal needs a change. Other than that- most teachers are awesome! I have learned that parents need to be involved and stop blaming teachers for their child's misbehavior. It starts at home!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

The teaching staff is excellent all you have to do is email a teacher and your responded to within 24 hrs, most times sooner. My children are in 7th and 4th grade and while it hasn't been perfect every year my children are very happy here and the teachers they've had have been wonderful to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2007

My son is going into 4th grade. This will also be his 4th year in this school. I hate it. We're looking into moving again just because of the school. There should be buses. He's constantly being bullied. They say there is a no tolerance rule, but they don't go by it. They did not have a principal for just about the whole 06-07 year. I thought I did my research before moving here. Obviously it wasn't enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2007

The quality of academics being taught is excellent. My daughter is being challenged while receiving honors and the teachers are always available if help is needed - before or after school. I have been encouraged to stop by and even sit in on any class at any time. If I have a concern, it is addressed immediately. There is also great communication among the teachers and parents. A simple email will put you in touch with any teacher at any time. My experience has been a good one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

The overall education is wonderful. They need to adopt a bullying stance as all three of my children are constantly being hurt physically and the school refuses to do anything at all.I wish that they were as good at protecting our children as they are at educating them.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 66% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
75%
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 59% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 78% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
92%
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 66% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
59%
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 65% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
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 82% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 79% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
85%
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 Students59%
Female73%
Male43%
Black67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
General education75%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant59%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students66%
Female70%
Male61%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Special education31%
General education80%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant66%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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 Students37%
Female48%
Male22%
Black25%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White50%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Special educationn/a
General education50%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant37%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students76%
Female77%
Male74%
Black75%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White69%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Special education27%
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant76%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students87%
Female90%
Male83%
Black81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White88%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Special education73%
General education90%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant87%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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 Students54%
Female59%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White66%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Special educationn/a
General education60%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant54%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students86%
Female86%
Male86%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant86%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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 Students59%
Female85%
Male38%
Black46%
Asian64%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant59%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students74%
Female85%
Male65%
Black64%
Asian64%
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education91%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant74%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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 Students53%
Female59%
Male50%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Special educationn/a
General education63%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant53%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students61%
Female59%
Male63%
Black38%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White78%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Special educationn/a
General education68%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant61%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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 Students79%
Female82%
Male75%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
General education95%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant79%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Math

All Students64%
Female63%
Male65%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
General education76%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant64%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a

Science

All Students60%
Female56%
Male65%
Black47%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
General education73%
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrant60%
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
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

Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 58% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: New Jersey Department of Education

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Other ethnicityn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
General educationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Limited English Proficient Current Plus Formern/a
Limited English Proficient Formern/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Jersey used the New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) to assess students in Biology. The New Jersey Biology Competency Test (NJBCT) is standards-based, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of New Jersey. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

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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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
White 54% 51%
Black 22% 16%
Hispanic 11% 22%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 9%
Two or more races 2% 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 41%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Dr Dennis Vespe

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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301 Grace Street
Somerdale, NJ 08083
Phone: (856) 783-2933

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