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Big Spring High School

Public | 9-12 | 979 students

 
 

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3 stars


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Posted April 28, 2010

Here the teachers are wonderful, however, the funding that different departements recieve and the fact that everything is based off of PSSA's is absolutely unnecessary.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 6, 2010

The only negative with Big Spring is the fact that the Teacher's Union protects incompetent teachers, allows them to be rewarded with across the board raises and keeps excellent teachers locked in the same pay scale with them-THIS IS NOT FAIR to the EXCELLENT EDUCATORS at Big Spring. Teacher Unions are the scourge of Public Education in PA! 90% of BS teachers are wonderful, but the other 10% need to be held accountable for their incompetency and failure to deliver education services and then terminated!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2009

I have been attending this district since Kindergarten and I am currently in my freshman year. In my opinion, Big Spring is a great district and offers numerous opportunities to its students. One of Big Spring's greatest qualities is the students. They genuinely care for each other. Big Spring is also active in fighting against bullying and discrimination. The teachers are terrific and are able to connect with their students which has a definite positive effect on their education. I am exceedingly satisfied with the extracurricular activities and programs that are offered to the students. Overall, Big Spring is an excellent district. I've always been proud to be Big Spring Bulldog!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2008

I used to hate this school, but after visiting other schools, I'm beginning to appreciate it. The students actually care about each other, and are more than willing to help one other work through their problems. The staff is decent, depending on which teachers you get stuck with. 90 percent of them are awesome, and will go out of their way to help you. It's not about the money, our teachers don't make much, comparatively. My only complaint is the lack of higher-up computer courses. Other subjects, between higher-level English classes, upper-level science/chemistry courses, and an excellent physics teacher, have left me satisfied with the education I've been striving to achieve before heading off to college. Although I disagree with some of the recent changes to the building policies/course structures, Big Spring still remains a school I'm proud to have attended.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 13, 2008

I've been in the Big Spring school district for my whole school life. I am in my junior year right now. I'm not happy with the school and i havent been for quite some time. Some of the teachers could care less about the students. The district preaches this 'Anti-bullying' policy and doesnt follow through with it. There is much favoritism and discrimination. The school is NOT supportive of the arts at all. Its an ok school i guess. But it does have some major downfalls.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 27, 2007

Big Spring is more than Great; it is outstanding. My son has received an excellent education and will be attending a 'Highly Competitive' University. Teachers are sincere and caring. Guidance Department is second to none. This is the second high school my son has attended due to my job transfer. His previous high school was ranked 'Great' and I assure you, Big Spring is far superior.
—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

Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2012.

197 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

197 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

195 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
21%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

195 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%

2009

 
 
77%
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 Students58%
Female63%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilities (IEP)14%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female68%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities (IEP)11%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students33%
Female33%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White32%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)9%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female94%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities (IEP)60%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 71%
Asian 1% 3%
Black 1% 15%
Hispanic 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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