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Binghamton High School

Public | PK-12 | 1580 students

 
 

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Posted September 23, 2013

Binghamton schools are horrible. Believe the test scores, not the excuses of the school administration (who blame poverty for their atrocious scores). The district's curriculum is pitched as such a low level of mastery that by high school kids lack basic skills needed to master high school level material. The kids who start in the district with good preparation are kept from learning until the least prepared is ready to learn-never. By high school all are so ill prepared to accomplish grade level material that the kids in the highest classes can't pass tests nailed by low achieving kids in other districts-including those from upper middle class educated households. Each year a couple of kids are accepted to competitive colleges which the school uses as evidence that the school is adequate. "enriching" your child's education will not prevent them from falling behind. Don't listen to the PC babble of the school administration. It's not about poverty-its about a failing curriculum and lousy schools that prevent capable children from moving ahead. On average, Broome County schools are terrible-but Binghamton Schools are the worst.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2013

As a group, the BHS kids underperform on all aspects of the curriculum. Talented teachers can't help them overcome an elementary and middle school curriculum which keeps them years behind peers.. Low expectations and simplistic material ( K-8) have a devastating impact on later achievement levels. No blinders here. I've watched cohorts of kids start K ready to learn but kept from doing so by a backwoods curriculum. They end up below grade level despite, as you mention, hard work. Look at the AP scores, Regents scores, SAT scores. All the objective indices show the system to be failing the kids. School isn't all about scores but what does it mean when all scores are so low. I'm not referring only to high failure rates. I am talking about motivated kids from educated families who value education in a system that gives As for work years below grade level and keeps kids from achieving at high levels. I'm talking about the straight A students incapable of getting 3's on APs & doing poorly on IBs and tanking on SATS. The biggest adversity faced by the kids is a curriculum that holds them back in early grades so the lack the foundation to tackle more difficult material later on.


Posted March 8, 2013

First and foremost as a parent of 3 lovely children of this district I can say I have complete faith in the teachers that my children have had the privilege of working with. Second, as a teacher working in this district at the highest levels (AP and IB classes for juniors and seniors) let me share some facts. In my 13 years in the district, I have seen students go on to universities such as MIT, Princeton, Cal Tech, and NYU just to name a few. The misnomer that the district is such poor shape that students cannot achieve is way beyond false. The previous review must have been made by someone wearing blinders who obviously had a bad experience. Does BHS have issues, you bet. Does BHS provide an environment where students can thrive....absolutely. Like anything else in life, you must work hard and overcome adversity. At BHS kids do it every day......
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 31, 2012

i need a jobs and i want my old jobs back working with food it was fun working with food and people and i realy could used my old jobs back.


Posted September 5, 2009

My high school student is now starting at BHS and I must say that the staff is wonderful. Very caring and also observant. Each student gets a locker and the guidance counselor has already called us to fill us in even though school starts next week. We received mail to inform us about the school cafateria and my student was given a study group to help her along. I just love Binghamton!! If you want to challenge your student further you can always put them in another district. BHS is great for those who need a caring environment with lots of support. Shouldn't every district provide that?


Posted February 11, 2008

I love Binghamton Schools!!!


Posted July 5, 2007

BHS is best of district-others are worse. Offers AP & IB. Test scores lousy. Poor graduation rate. Poor curriculum from K on so kids not prepared for HS.Most fail Regent Exams-few do well . Curriculum & expectations are very low & the work is a couple of years below grade level. Academics are not taken seriously by the administrators.Kids are not expected to work very hard or learn much. Most kids are not headed for college. Look at the state report cards before deciding on this system. There are defenders but the data does not lie. Look at the report cards before moving to this county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

I graduated from BHS in 2000. The teachers are excellent. I love the diversity of the students. I would recommend this school to anyone who asked.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 14, 2005

Binghamton high over the years has been given a very bad and in my mind unfair reputation, but being a graduate of the school my self in 2000 and now looking forward to my daughter going to my school it means so much. The teachers are very careing and the sports teams rock ( go patriots ) our ciriculum could use a update but for the most part its good. Binghamton high offers many different forms of ciriculum for all different types of learning abilities.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 8, 2005

Binghamton High School is a fantastic institution. They have many different levels of classes to suit each students needs and they have great support systems. The International Baccelaureate system as well as the AP classes are amazing for college prep. The IB and AP teachers really know their information and enjoy their subjects. The homework load could probably be increased from my own experience as well as the strictness of the regents level teachers in order to get the students who aren't enthusiastic about school focused on their work. Overall, I would recommend Binghamton High School to any parent, especially if they have high aspirations for their children
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2004

Binghamton is a great school system. My daughter has went the district from PreK and now is in 12th. All along the way we have had wonderful caring teachers, who go beyond the call of duty. If the child wants an education, the best is available in Binghamton. In High school we have had wonderful experiences with college connection and guidance councelors. I rank this school among the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

It has been my experience that the school is a very high standard and very expectational school. The school sets the goals for the students and then wishes the students to fulfill them. I personally believe that the students should be setting the goals with minor guidence. My daughter attends this school and she has come home many times saying the the standerds that she has to measure up to are far to hard to accomplish. We sit down every night for an hour or more doing homework that she has obtained for 3 or four different classes. That in my opinion is far to much time to be doing homework for 3 or 4 classes. I hope this school realizes before it's too late that the students need a break from 'Military School' and need to be spending some time in a 'public' school.
—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 31% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

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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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 88% in 2011.

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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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 2013.

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The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

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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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 31% in 2013.

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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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 31% in 2013.

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The state average for Math was 28% in 2013.

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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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 34% in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 27% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2011.

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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 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in 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 64% in 2012.

205 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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25%

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37%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 78% in 2012.

178 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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52%

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60%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 73% in 2012.

236 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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50%

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52%
English

The state average for English was 82% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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66%

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81%
French

The state average for French was 95% in 2011.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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75%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 75% in 2012.

329 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

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51%
Global History and Geography

The state average for Global History and Geography was 71% in 2012.

558 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

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56%
Integrated Algebra

The state average for Integrated Algebra was 72% in 2012.

449 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%
Italian

The state average for Italian was 98% in 2011.

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Living Environment

The state average for Living Environment was 78% in 2012.

428 students were tested at this school in 2012.

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70%

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78%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 79% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
60%
Spanish

The state average for Spanish was 94% in 2011.

142 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%
U.S. History and Government

The state average for U.S. History and Government was 79% in 2012.

385 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 Students25%
Students with disabilities17%
General population26%

Chemistry

All Students52%
Students with disabilities71%
General population52%

Earth Science

All Students50%
Students with disabilities43%
General population51%

English

All Students66%
Students with disabilities40%
General population74%

Geometry

All Students46%
Students with disabilities12%
General population49%

Global History and Geography

All Students60%
Students with disabilities46%
General population62%

Integrated Algebra

All Students64%
Students with disabilities53%
General population65%

Living Environment

All Students70%
Students with disabilities56%
General population72%

Physics

All Students51%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a

U.S. History and Government

All Students73%
Students with disabilities54%
General population75%
Scale: % passing

About the tests


In 2011-2012 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 58% 48%
Black 27% 19%
Hispanic 9% 23%
Asian 4% 9%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 2%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 59%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 8%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 20%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 2%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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