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Panther Valley El School

Public | K-5 & ungraded | 858 students

 

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Posted April 17, 2014

this school is awesome although i do not attend my daughter does. she has had an great year in kindergarden and really enjoys her teachers and the staff. there very caring people and she really enjoys her class. the cirruculiam has taught her alot and I am very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2013

My son currently goes to this school. He has ADHD and instead of his teachers helping him understand his homework, they yell at him and he is constantly getting into trouble. Had this same problem at Tamaqua. He gets bullied all the time and no matter what we do or what he does no one at that school cares. The kid who has been doing the bullying has had nothing done to him but my son is getting in trouble for telling. My daughter is supposed to go there next year but I may just pull them both out. As for the learning, all they care about is the PSSA. My son is in 4th grade and still doesn't understand most of his homework. They have them in trailers outside instead of putting them in the building, there is no actual playground, it's just a field! I think this school district needs to do some evaluating of where funds are going and where they need to go and they need to get a better policy. Anyone can walk into that building and take your kid out. Don't enroll your kid into Panther Valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2011

I removed my child from Panther Valley for a few serious reasons. I'll start off by saying she is 5 years old (kindergarten) she was picked on and bullied to the point one of the children knocked her out of her chair and banged her head so the teacher had to give her an ice pack. I was never notified of this incident. Another time they put her on the wrong bus, thank God she knew her name and where she lived. The school does not call to check on your children if they are not in school like they say they do. There is no security whatsoever, anyone can just walk right in. Also anyone can remove any child off the bus, they do not check. Anyone can enter the school and ask to interview your child without your permission. If you do not like this, you have to have a lawyer send a note to the school declining all interviews without a parent present. I recommend no one sends their children to this school system. There are alternative better education sources out there. If you need a few just ask. If i could i would give this school system a -5 rating
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2011

I saw this school and instantly felt sad for the children. Bus drivers screaming at first day kindergarteners,, noone helping them off the bus. Anyone can walk right into that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2011

wish that there was more emphasis on the student and less on PSSA testing. And How about an accellerated program for students as well as a more individual learning situation for students who need the help. This school lumps all the kids together and those who need help, struggle , and those who don't need the help are bored. And students in trailers as classrooms, should not happen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2010

The school does not keep up with national averagesand just maintains the minimum curriculum (CV).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

Its a sad little school, it does not promote the individual, the students only have science sometimes when they have library, not more than 1 time a week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2006

The security at PV Elementary needs serious updating.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2012.

132 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%

2009

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2012.

131 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
81%

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 83% in 2012.

112 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
73%

2009

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2012.

111 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 82% in 2012.

118 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%

2009

 
 
78%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
43%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 65% in 2012.

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
37%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2012.

122 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
26%

2009

 
 
17%
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 Students79%
Female74%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)61%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)52%
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 Students69%
Female62%
Male75%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities (IEP)50%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students64%
Female65%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities (IEP)46%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students85%
Female74%
Male95%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities (IEP)72%
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 Students51%
Female51%
Male52%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilities (IEP)17%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female47%
Male51%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students43%
Female57%
Male29%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White43%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilities (IEP)25%
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

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
White 93% 71%
Hispanic 4% 9%
Black 3% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1 North Mermon Ave
Nesquehoning, PA 18240
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