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Taconic Hills Middle School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 346 students

 

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Posted February 2, 2012

As a parent of a child who has attended for 4 years and is now in middle school, 5 out of 5 stars Community rating for this school seems absurd. Teachers in the vicinity have disclosed that T Hills is something of a laughing stock within an 80 mi radius. This situation is not new, just becomes more so as time goes on. It's hard to get a failing grade at TH -standards are quite low. But a failing grade is assigned 65%. An extremely low performance can still be 80%. This is the school where a D grade becomes a B. In middle school, students are advanced with their age group, never held back. When the conveyor belt dumps them in high school, they are failed if they do not meet MINIMAL standards. Lots of drop outs and people staying in high school 'till they're 20. The students are frustrated and angry and who can blame them? Nepotism runs deep. For some students, their math teacher's wife is their Spanish teacher, who's father-in-law is in charge of grounds and maintenance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

We love the programs (drama), the staff, the building (pool, fitness center and Performing arts center), the food and the fact that the school houses K-12. All our children are in the same complex!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

The middle school has very dedicated teachers who are always connecting with the students. They offer great opportunities for students to join a multitude of activities. Swim lessons continue in PE classes, a rock climbing wall, fitness center and a low and high elements course keeps kids active and interested. The principal has increased communication with parents and offered opportunities for parents to become involved. Bravo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

Test scores are getting better. Great teachers. Parents not always interested in education.
—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

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
45%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
49%
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.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

2014

 
 
n/a

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

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 90% 48%
Hispanic 2 5% 23%
Black 2 3% 19%
Two or more races 2 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 10%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 249%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 32%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. SANDRA J. GARDNER

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73 County Rt 11a
Craryville, NY 12521
Phone: (518) 325-2831

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