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Dryden Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 380 students

 

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Posted September 9, 2014

The school is lacking in proficency in all areas of academics. Too much money on sports programs and not enough investing in their students educations. When you have Common core standards required and those are forcing students to take constant testing that doesn't even measure what the children have been taught, then there is a big issue. Teachers need to be able to assess what the children have been taught and remembered not the state. As long as Dryden continues to follow Common core standards, the test grades for all students will continue to remain low. Principals don't return calls and most of the administration doesn't have a clue what is going on in their school. Parents also need to get more involved with their children's education. Most of the parents here are the drop off and then don't care what the child is or isn't doing type. They don't take time to get to know the teachers or keep track of what the child is learning. 88% of the district didn't even realize that Common Core was being taught until things came up in the media this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2004

I use to think Dryden Schools were great but not so much anymore. When they have to make budget cuts they are cutting the wrong things. Also if the children are in sports, they do not get much playing time in the games unless they are the coaches kids or a teachers kid, that is totally unfair to all other children that are on the team. They should also be taught that the sports competitions are only for fun and the coaches should teach them that winning isn't everything but their schooling is very important and needed. All rules should apply to everyone not just handful. Most of the teachers are pretty decent in Dryden if they would stop changing their subjects, classrooms, or grade level on them and be a little more consistent with the overall curriculum. Some of the teachers that do not know how handle kids shouldn't be there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

I grew up in the district and now have 3 kids here. There was a time that the school system had the best in mind for its students. However, over the years many things have changed. Due to high taxes, budget cuts, program cuts, the students have started to suffer. The educational performances of the district are some of the lowest in the area. While there is a special ed program, there are no gifted or advanced programs for students.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
25%

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

121 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
18%

2013

 
 
11%

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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
14%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

140 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
16%

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
53%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
39%

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

99 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%
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 92% 48%
Two or more races 2 3% 1%
Black 1 2% 19%
Hispanic 2 2% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 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 140%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 11%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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  • MR. JOHN BIRMINGHAM

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118 Freeville Rd
Dryden, NY 13053
Phone: (607) 844-8694

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