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Hiram W Dodd El School

Public | K-5 | 670 students

 

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Posted January 18, 2012

My son is a student at Dodd in the second grade. He has been there for three years and he loves it! He works very hard and is rewarded for his achievements. We work together at home and read all the time! Too many parents blame the system and do no work at home. A teacher can only educate an open mind, those who send their children to school as if it's a daycare would be disappointed! Proud parent of an Eager Reader! As far as the race card, people really need to grow up because Dodd is a beautiful school! From the crossing guard to their new VP and Principal of course... We Love Dodd!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2011

Its a shame on the amount of hispanic children there it must be impossible for the teachers to teach. You shouldn't even be allowed to attend school or live here if you dont know the language. It digusts me


Posted June 10, 2010

The teachers and the counselor are great. However it must be impossible for them to perform their job to the fullest, with all of the road blocks that the administrator had put in place. The administrator refuses to give the students recess, or use the playground that is on the school grounds, and she will not let parents form a PTA. Despite the predominately Hispanic population, and Spanish speaking children, there is no English as a Second Language program. It must be a very disheartening school to work in, when the Principal creates an environment that prevents learning and communication.


Posted April 27, 2010

I come from Puerto Rico where greatly emphasize spelling, writing and reading, teachers have more days off and there are no substitutes like here but really children acquire knowledge that too much to overcome U.S. education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

My son went to school here for 5 years and I regret not moving sooner to get him into a better school. My son needed extra help in reading which they refused to give him due to too mny non english speaking students that needed the help more and passed my son every marking period with high marks. Once he started his new school in the 5th grade he was working on a 3rd grade level in several areas. I was appalled that Dodd would have passed him! He's now doing much better and working on or above average in his classes. This school needs big help all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2007

Poor, poor, poor. That's all I can say about Dodd. I guess it really depends on your ethnicity, or lack there of, to get a quality education from them. My son is gifted and should be in a gifted class, but he was not chosen. Instead, they continue to send him math homework home, when he need extra help in in writing. My child never gets anything other than math to complete. From what I can see from the overall test scores there, they can use a little help in the reading area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

As both a former student and current parent of a child in this school, I woul give this review: Dodd is one of the best in the school district, but i wouldn't let them touch the middle schools. I am actually moving next week, specifically because of the schools. The teachers at dodd are wonderful, I love them. The administration, however, is not the best. The kids have no recess, can't use the playground, programs are limited, no sports, a poor district all around. Yes, there are far worse, but really, if you look at the surrounding districts, there are much better choices.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2006

Pretty good school, my son's been there for 3 years now and has enjoyed it thoroughly. During the 1st year and a half the principal was a lot stricter as well as a lot more hands on, I feel that she could show a little more of the strength she had in that first year and a half. I wish that the students had more consistent homework as well as more then 5 minutes worth. Teachers have been great, everyone's friendly and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I am actually a former student. Dodd is an excellent school. It has an excellent special education program. I know this first hand because was in the gifted program. I had many great times and I also learned a lot of things that I later found out other people didn't. I have a lot to thank my former teachers for.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 83% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

94 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%

2009

 
 
61%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 73% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
45%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

115 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
39%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students61%
Female67%
Male56%
Black57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students62%
Female75%
Male57%
Black42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students51%
Female61%
Male47%
Black33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female64%
Male60%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities (IEP)n/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Math

All Students64%
Female59%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learners47%

Reading

All Students36%
Female35%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learners12%

Writing

All Students46%
Female65%
Male30%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multi-ethnicn/a
White46%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities (IEP)23%
English language learners33%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Pennsylvania used the Pennsylvania System of State Assessments (PSSA) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in math and reading, in grades 5, 8 and 11 in writing, and in grades 4, 8 and 11 in science. The results for reading, writing, science and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The PSSA is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Pennsylvania. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2011-2012 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 69% 9%
White 15% 71%
Black 12% 15%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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Programs

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

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  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
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  • Counseling
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1944 South Church St
Allentown, PA 18103
Phone: (484) 765-4501

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