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Shippensburg Area Middle School

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Posted May 19, 2010

This school is horrible. The teachers don't seem to teach but try experimental methods like class participation is worth more then test grades. As for principals the Assistant Principle is nothing but a big bully throwing his power at kids for intimidation. which he uses to try to intimidate the parents as if the were 10. Grow up you can intimidate 10 year old, what a big man you are. As for parent involvement they will call you when your child gets in trouble, way after it happens. Ad only if they don't look bad. But they won't work around your schedule so make sure your home all day to answer the phone don't have a job to pay your own bills because you may not be available if your child gets in trouble.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2009

The staff members of this school are very nice,but I'm in 6th grade and is not allowed to play any middle school sports.I think that is very unfair to the 6th graders that only the 7th and 8th graders at the school can play on the team.They really should at least let the 6th graders be on the team.I haven't tryed their food yet so I can't rate their food.I have been packing my lunch since 4th grade.I am new here and only been here for 2 1/2 months.There are many new staff members here like the fcs teacher,a new gym teacher and a new libaraian.Some teachers are not so polite like some teachers and staff don't say hi to me or nothing.I also had trouble with my lock too.The principal had ordered me a new lock that looked like a regular lock like on a fence and a key.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 12, 2009

The rating of 5 out of 10 is accurate, this school is mediochre at best. There are no honors classes and so students of above average intelligence and students with learning disabilities are lumped together - a situation which is impossible for teachers and students alike. Exceptional students will find themselves bored to tears while those who need extra help will wonder why their classmates don't share their struggles. This school has also denied funding for Gifted Student programs which sought to correct the imbalance in education. The school's teachers try hard, but without support they will never find a way to provide students of all levels of ability with adequate education.


Posted August 26, 2007

This is a wonderful school. I love the activites. The food is awesome.
—Submitted by a 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 77% in 2012.

261 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2012.

254 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%

2009

 
 
63%
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 80% in 2012.

263 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%

2009

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2012.

258 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%

2009

 
 
73%
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 76% in 2012.

230 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

226 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%

2009

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 60% in 2012.

232 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
63%

2009

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 73% in 2012.

248 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
76%

2009

 
 
65%
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 Students76%
Female76%
Male76%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities (IEP)51%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female59%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White64%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)31%
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 Students82%
Female90%
Male75%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female85%
Male68%
Black80%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilities (IEP)48%
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 Students85%
Female85%
Male85%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilities (IEP)59%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students84%
Female85%
Male83%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities (IEP)33%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female57%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities (IEP)21%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students71%
Female78%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities (IEP)20%
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 89% 71%
Black 4% 15%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Shippensburg, PA 17257
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