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Howard L Goff School

Public | 6-8 | 936 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 3, 2011

Amazing teachers. Amazing programs. The staff at this school try their hardest and take time out of their days to help their students succeed.


Posted April 24, 2009

First off the Goff Gone Green group won $10,000 for ther efforts to make the school even more green than it already is with its solar panel and great recycling programs.Goff is a great school with great teachers. The only bad thing is the terrible sports teams East Greenbush has year after year. Miss. Webster is a great science teacher and diserves to stay at Goff for a long time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2008

I am a student at Goff Middle school. It is my last year here, and i am not satisfied with my learning experience. The teachers here are boring, though there are a few exceptions. I previously attended Menands Elementary School and although the population was less than one third of what Goff is, the teachers there were more focoused on the enjoyment, interaction, and education of the students. Ive been at Goff since the 6th grade, and ever since then ive realized the amount of boredom there is here. Every single one of my friends agrees that they would pay attention in class more if it was more exciting; therefore they would get better grades. The teachers blame the poor grades we recieve on us, though they do not realize that it is in fact them.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2007

i was a student there, im now going into high school but i remember alot of really fun times at goff! the teachers are nice, the classes are good, and the field trips for natures classroom (6th grade), philidalphia (7th grade) and washington d.c. (8th grade) were just plain awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2005

This school is great for working with children. They focus on academics first and encourage sports and/or art programs to keep children interested. I am very happy with the teachers I have been involved with.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2004

After reading the previous comments I needed to respond. I have a friend who has a child with special needs & the Goff staff & administration, along with the District PPS has gone above and beyond to see that his child got the support he needed. I have spoken to other parents who feel the same. Hooray Goff..Keep up the good work.


Posted March 9, 2004

After 3 years of tireless attempts to get my struggling, often failing, child help, I've come to realize this is not of importance in Goff Middle School .As for the issue of parent participation, I have had very negative experiences. This school never admits its something they're not doing, rather they try to convince you it's your fault or the fault of your child. Even though an evaluation was done on my child to assess needs, this school did everything they could to make sure no help was given! (ie:Informal testing=no responsibility for the school). Anyone who has had the displeasure of having their child evaluated in Goff will understand the difference between 'formal' and 'informal'testing. Informal is given when a child tests with the need for help, but the school does not want to give extra help! That sums up the philosophy of Goff Middle School. In the event they put the students needs first, then perhaps our children will have a happier experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2003

Goff has the potential to become an outstanding school, with a 100% change in administration recently. There are some wonderful and caring staff and administration. Parent participation is at an all time high, despite some adversity in this area. Unfortunately, there are many faculty with serious attitude problems, and they tend to drag the others down, creating morale problems and an overall negative atmosphere. There are too many who harshly criticize and even ridicule colleagues and parents for trying new things to make the school a better place. This issue of attitude and providing a safe, nurturing learning environment is the key to student success. Goff is at a turning point.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2003

To give you an idea of how we feel about Goff, we plan on moving just to get out of this school district. If you have a child with a learning disability they will get no structured help for the 3 years they are there. I would not recommend this district to my worst enemy!
—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.

292 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
58%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
86%
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.

307 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%
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 85% 48%
Hispanic 1 5% 23%
Two or more races 1 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 3% 9%
Black 2 2% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2 0% 1%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 0%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23%N/A43%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 1%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 13%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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35 Gilligan Rd
East Greenbush, NY 12061
Phone: (518) 207-2430

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