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Wilbur H Lynch Literacy Academy

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 822 students

 

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Posted August 11, 2013

This school could be well on its way to creating a better environment for students with more challenging disabilities to assist them in remaining in a least restrictive environment setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2013

All three of my children went here and I'm so sorry they did. The administration cares more about getting their families and friends jobs at the school than about the kids. The motto here is: this would be a great place to work if not for all these kids! They blame everything on the kids and their parents and they shun parental involvement. If schools cannot make a difference in a child's life, then why are my school taxes so high? Don't send your children here if you can help it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

I am so glad i got my 5 sons away from this school i had 1 already in the high school and can hardly read they just pushed him on.I had 2 in the middle school and they was falling so far behind.Almost every day they watched fights after school and alot of times was brought in to the fighting.I have 2 others that have not made it to the middle school and and im so happy i got them out of amsterdam before they had to go to that school.That school cares more about sports then teaching what are kids really need to learn.If your kid is not in sports they dont care about them and just pass them on.My kids are so happy in the new school and would never go back to Amsterdam.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

There is to many kids in this school . There needs to be another public middle school to atleast split the kids in half
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Posted January 28, 2007

I think this school worries more about the dress code and how the sports teams are doing then how the students are doing.if a child is not doing there work or are getting poor grades they seem to pass it off as there just lazy or a bad kid instead of trying to find out why and if the child needs help. the school has a brand new football field but at the same time the school don't have enough books so that each kid can have one to use and take home to do work . the books they do have for the kids to use only while there in class because once again there are not enough to go around are all torn and old . I think this school need to look at the big picture witch is the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2005

Poor heat, torn and worn books. But look at the new football field. I think some people have the wrong idea about what the children need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2004

This school has changed a lot over the past few years. Summer school was like full session! Kids without seats. Standing to learn. Could that mean that so many children are behind because they cannot learn? Are they all learning disabled? I think not! School should be a safe place that a child looks forward to each day. Paint chipped walls but a brand new football field? Is this enviornment condusive to getting an education? In my opinion, this school is in need of improvement with or without the state standard of 'No child left behind' I am sure there are many positive things at the school..however...the bottom line is the State score! It tells the whole story.
—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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

250 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
9%

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

251 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
48%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

277 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

276 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
42%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

250 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
23%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

214 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
7%

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 2 55% 48%
Hispanic 1 37% 23%
Black 2 6% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
Two or more races 1 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 25%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 134%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 9%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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  • MR. JOSEPH WITAZEK

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55 Brandt Pl
Amsterdam, NY 12010
Phone: (518) 843-3716

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