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Craig Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 384 students

 

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Posted June 23, 2013

We really could not ask for more from Craig. The support of the school community is overwhelming. It seems like children just blossom with the great love and dedication of its teachers and staff. We made the right decision id choosing to send our girls to this school. It is the best there is in the Niskayuna!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2012

My son goes to this school. I would say that this school goes above and beyond. They treat academics and students as their first priority. There is a strict no bulling policy. They are very in touch with student needs. Excellent.Great environment, wonderful principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2011

This is to update my earlier posting from February 20th, 2011. While we did experience numerous conflicts back then this matter has been brought to light to school administration and has calmed down substantially. The school itself and the teachers involved with my son have become very supportive and nurturing. So therefore I ask readers at this point to disregard my earlier negative posting. I am reinstating my recommendation for Craig School for your consideration as a great place to educate your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

Even before our son officially started at Craig he received speech therapy there and all I can say is they have the best special ed staff ever! All the wonderful and helpful people from the staff- the principle, the main office, the teachers and special education providers were always there for us when we needed them! They answered the million questions we had, they helped our son adapt and made us feel we have done the best thing when we chose this school! I cannot begin to describe how much we love this school! We were and still are treated as a family and I would never forget the help we were offered at the school when we needed it the most! God Bless you all, you are amazing teachers, educators, friends and most of all genuine
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
71%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
99%
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 31% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
76%

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

All Students50%
Female48%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White51%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Math

All Students46%
Female48%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White41%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities10%
General population52%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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 Students43%
Female55%
Male35%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander46%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities20%
General population46%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Math

All Students37%
Female35%
Male40%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander57%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White38%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilities10%
General population41%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a

Science

All Students98%
Female97%
Male98%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilities80%
General population100%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
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 Students45%
Female58%
Male37%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander60%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White45%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population56%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%

Math

All Students46%
Female55%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander63%
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White46%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population55%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
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

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 71% 48%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 17% 9%
Black 2 6% 19%
Hispanic 2 6% 23%
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 24%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%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 21%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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2566 Balltown Rd
Schenectady, NY 12309
Phone: (518) 377-0156

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