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Berne Knox Westerlo Junior Senior High School

Public | 6-12 & ungraded | 525 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2007

My oldest child is in his second year in the Middle/High school. Each year I receive teacher introductory letters as the year begins, and I am tempted to 'correct' and return them. The most glaring error this year was, 'Are class' will be going on a field trip. As my child fell from a high honors student to failing two courses, not one of the teachers or school personnel contacted me. I discovered my child's struggle upon receiving his 'interim report card.' With less than 100 students per grade level, I expect more. In two years, only one teacher has contacted me regarding concern for my child or to check in. In the day and age of email and cell phones and web sites, the apparent lack of teacher concern is disconcerting, at best. I would not recommend the middle school for any student.
—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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
15%

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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

63 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
46%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
29%

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

47 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%
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

Algebra II/Trigonometry

The state average for Algebra II/Trigonometry was 66% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
59%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 76% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 72% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%
English

The state average for English was 77% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

12 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 74% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
96%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 73% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
85%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 77% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
80%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

27 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 80% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Algebra II/Trigonometry

All Students65%
Female62%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%
Not migrant65%

Chemistry

All Students85%
Femalen/a
Male100%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English85%
Not migrant85%

Earth Science

All Students78%
Female77%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%

English

All Students87%
Female93%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities54%
General population94%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%

Geometry

All Students72%
Female75%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population79%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%

Global History and Geography

All Students88%
Female88%
Male87%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilities75%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%

Integrated Algebra

All Students85%
Female85%
Male83%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilities57%
General population90%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%

Living Environment

All Students97%
Female95%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities84%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%

Physics

All Students89%
Female90%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English89%
Not migrant89%

U.S. History and Government

All Students96%
Female100%
Male93%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilities100%
General population96%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
Black 2 1% 19%
Hispanic 2 1% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 153%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 0%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 25%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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1738 Helderberg Trail
Berne, NY 12023
Phone: (518) 872-1482

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