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Howitt School

Public | 6-8 & ungraded | 1419 students

 
 

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Posted April 30, 2010

THis has been my daugthers first year at howitt she is in 6th grade and she is doing fantastic. She adjusted wonderfully and she has been on the honor roll all year. I feel it has a lot to do with the teachers at this school and how they treat the students. I also think it is wonderful that the principal is always somewhere in the school and not hiding in his office.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My Experience with 7th grade with my daughter, has been alittle dissapointing. . In September of 09 my daughter was put in reg ed. That was the first mistake. She has adhd,tics,ocd,etc. Not one of her teachers knew she had any of these issues,yet she has had an I.E.P for 5 years,since grade school. I thought the teachers were suppossed to check all paper work on in-coming children. Yet her files were not looked at for obvious reasons. Comments that were said regarding her tic (cough) please don't cough in my face, are you ok you seem to have a terrible cough. . Months after she was put into collabrative classes I though things were going to get better???? The teachers were suppossed to sign off on her agenda daily. Not once until after the new year did this begin to happen. Now I can see what she has for H.W
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

Teachers poor communication with parents and the principal is even worse in this area. His attitude is ist is what it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

Their music program is really good and all the teachers are really nice.


Posted December 3, 2007

My son is in the sixth grade this year (2007-2008), and it seems he has finally found his 'place.' There is a great Horizons (honors) program, lots of after-school clubs and organizations to join, and more friends..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

This is the first year of my daughter at Howit, she is on the horizon program and I like it very much, the curriculum is good, the music program seems good too, this week will be her first concert there, so far we like the school and it seems that our daughter is been challenged on a daily basis.
—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.

354 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
31%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

294 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
32%

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.

322 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

272 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
27%

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
28%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

138 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
1%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%
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 75% 48%
Hispanic 2 14% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 5% 9%
Black 1 5% 19%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 1 0% 1%
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 218%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 2%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 67%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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70 Van Cott Ave
Farmingdale, NY 11735
Phone: (516) 752-6519

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