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William H Seward Elementary School

Public | K-6 & ungraded | 532 students

 

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Posted January 15, 2014

The teaching staff is professionally unmotivated except for its focus on test results. We have returned to rote memory at the expense of student creativity and initiative. Timed testing pressurizes children, raising the level of anxiety for slower functioning students. Accuracy and enjoyment are sacrificed in some cases, notably in primary classes, for speed Too much instructional time is used for PTA fundraising. Teachers become hucksters for the PTA. Some families are not able to keep up, and children may be embarrassed because they cannot afford book fairs or plastic jump ropes etc...Private enterprises are exploiting students using school facilities. Academic tracking, and subsequent social tracking is loosely disguised as an "inclusion" structure(s). The principal's primary concern is security. Keeping parents away from the school, standing in the snow and rain waiting for their children, and, prohibiting attendance (e.g.at Christmas concerts) under the guise of making it easier on parents, and highlighting the concept that adults cannot be trusted. This is an unwanted but real side effect of a policy that focuses on security at the expense of building trust.


Posted August 28, 2012

I am very disappointed in this school. The students spent months doing only practice tests for the state exams. So many that even Science class was cut to allow for more Math cramming. It is important that the students know what to expect on the exams, but a huge disappointment that they are teaching the test only as opposed to the material. Just teach them the material and allow the test to do what it is intended to do. The principal is completely incompetent. She is very focused on her fashion sense, and not at all in touch with what is happening in the class rooms. The only tutoring offered after school is for low income students. The principal does not follow district protocols and clearly does a very poor job inspiring her team to teach. A team is only as strong as their leader. As exams have demonstrated, the leadership here is a fail.
—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 32% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

62 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
38%
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 33% in 2014.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%
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 30% in 2014.

75 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

76 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
75%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

65 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
71%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 80% 48%
Black 1 8% 19%
Two or more races 2 5% 1%
Hispanic 2 4% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 243%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 22%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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  • Joann Wixson

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Auburn, NY 13021
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