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Putnam Valley Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 612 students

 

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Posted January 9, 2013

Great school that cares about their kids! The other children are very friendly as well. Our daughter was very uncertain about starting a new school after our move, but came back from her first day so excited that should could not wait to go back. That was two years ago and she has loved it every day since!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Every year my son comes home from his first day of school more and more excited about learning. PV Elementary has a strong focus on reading and has inspired my son to explore and learn more on his own.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Putnam Valley education is extraordinary.As a parent I am very pleased with my children education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2008

Uninspired to say the least. Pathetic after school programs. Teaching to the test to get a paycheck...period.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2008

The biggest problem with PV Elementary is that scholastic achievement is not encouraged. Students in the classroom who are disruptive aren't disciplined properly (and there are quite a few) and consequently, others are quite distracted and resentful. Homework is sort of an afterthought and kids aren't academically oriented and encouraged. In addition..as a result of some of these outbursts and sometimes, downright dangerous threats and behavioral issues on the part of other students, some of my children have had their safety seriously compromised. The district takes a very 'politically correct' approach to discipline of students threatening physical danger. In addition to these facts, the schools blind consistency of following the,'No child left behind Law' has resulted in many children being left behind academically
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2008

We love your daughters school! They are very open and caring, they reassure you about your childs progress. you can stop by anytime and not feel like you are intruding.. the teachers actually want you there to be apart of you childs learning experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2007

The biggest problem with PV Elementary is that scholastic achievement is not encouraged. Students in the classroom who are disruptive aren't disciplined properly (and there are quite a few) and consequently, others are quite distracted and resentful. Homework is sort of an afterthought and kids aren't academically oriented and encouraged. In adition..as a result of some of these outbursts and sometimes, downright dangerous threats and behavioral issues on the part of other students, some of my children have had their safety seriously compromised. The district takes a very 'politically correct' approach to discipline of sutudents threatening physical danger, and as a result, It's made my kids, in various age groups, feel 'unsafe'There is a poor record with safety.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2007

Putnam Valley School District in general is trending positively. They have made some major improvements in curriculum & excurricular activities. They have one of the most active/involved PTA's, greatly enhancing the school experience for the children. Additionally, all children need to be challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2007

We are disappointed with the education our children are receiving in PV. There seems to be a heavy emphasis on children with special needs and little attention paid to those who excel. Our chief complaint is that the expectations for all are just too low. While we have had some of the kindest teachers around, there is a difference between kind and skilled. The principal has a hands off (almost aloof)approach. Building relationships does not seem to be part of her repertoire. The leadership on a district level has changed in the past few years as has the curriculum. At first the focus was on raising test scores, then reading and writing, curriculum mapping and now technology. Perhaps, they should focus on one thing and get it right before jumping to another.
—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 31% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
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 2012-2013 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. 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 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%
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 2012-2013 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. 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

All Students32%
Female34%
Male29%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White33%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilities13%
General population34%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant32%

Math

All Students34%
Female30%
Male36%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White34%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities25%
General population35%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrant34%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students33%
Female35%
Male30%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White36%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities0%
General population38%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%

Math

All Students34%
Female34%
Male35%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic12%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities5%
General population39%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant34%

Science

All Students95%
Female98%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilities78%
General population98%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
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 2012-2013 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. 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.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 83% 48%
Hispanic 2 12% 23%
Black 2 3% 19%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 2% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 12%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 215%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 4%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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  • Ms. Margaret Podesta

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171 Oscawana Lake Rd
Putnam Valley, NY 10579
Phone: (845) 528-8092

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