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Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 368 students

 

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Posted January 26, 2014

Worst school EVER for children with special needs of any form...they constantly accuse kids of being lazy instead of having disabilities, and those with physical disabilities are also accused of being "fat" when not being able to move as well or as fast as their typical peers....the principal at this school does everything she can to keep parents out of their children's education, and forces parents out of the building when children are involved in plays, etc....the help for special needs kids is only given to those who the principal "deems" necessary as she has a big influence on the district...she is good friends with the school district superintendent...this school USED to be a good school...not so much anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2013

I'm a Roosevelt parent for three years now and I'm very happy with the school. Sure there are challenges, but overall I I think this is a great school. One of the thingsI love about Roosevelt is the sense of community. It's a neighborhood school and the principal, nurse and specials teachers knows all of the kids by name. The PTA is very active and works closely with the administration and the teachers to provide enrichment opportunities for the children beyond what the district can provide. On a couple of occasions problems have arisen and the administration has been very responsive to our concerns and worked with us to resolve issues in a thoughtful manner. Tracy Spagnolo is not the principal because her husband works for the district. She's the principal because she's good at it. Are they one of the lowest ranked elementary schools in Kenmore, let alone the suburbs? Yes. But there is also approximately an 80% correlation between poverty and the Business First rankings, higher than any other factor I evaluated, including test scores. Roosevelt has approximately 50% of their students on the free or reduced lunch program, which is the measure used for poverty in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

This school is the poorest performing elementary school in Kenmore. They have great difficulty in keeping administrative staff at this school having gone through 3 principals in 2 years time, and the current principal is only in her position because her husband also is employed by the district. The irst 3 1/2 years we were affiliated with this school we had no issues..my older son attended and is typically developing. We enrolled my middle son there in 2010 in kindergarten, and while his kindergarten staff was excellent, several other teachers, mainly the gym teachers made life difficult for him because they do not tolerate children with special needs well. The gym teachers harrassed him verbally on more than one occassion, and we pulled both boys from the school Dec. 2011, and enrolled them in private school, and could not be happier with our decision. Roosevelt elementary school is the worst choice for a kenmore school, and if a parent is asked to place their children there, they should ask about open enrollment,. and try to get their children into Lindbergh, which is an excellent Kenmore school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2010

because nothing is more important than educating our young people and giving them the best start in life!!!
—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.

42 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
63%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
26%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
43%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
11%

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

39 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
36%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
62%
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

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 83% 48%
Black 1 7% 19%
Hispanic 2 7% 23%
Two or more races 1 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 1% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 21%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 147%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 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 3%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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  • MS. TRACY SPAGNOLO

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Buffalo, NY 14217
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