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Senator James H Donovan Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 674 students

 

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Posted October 25, 2007

well we got a new princle so every thing change now the school is good
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 10, 2006

I believe this school has many down sides. The current principal injects his personal biases into the school as well.
—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.

Grade level

English Language Arts

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

318 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
10%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

302 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
8%

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
38%
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.

306 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
17%

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

291 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
4%

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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

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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 2 35% 48%
Black 2 32% 19%
Hispanic 1 16% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 15% 9%
Two or more races 2 1% 1%
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 14%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/A43%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 44%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. ANN MARIE PALLADINO

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1701 Noyes St
Utica, NY 13502
Phone: (315) 792-2007

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