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Tamaqua Area Senior High School

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Posted December 27, 2010

The education is great, but as for the rules...we get punished for just jokingly slapping our friend on the back!!! We learn a lot and the teachers are great! Kids get along with the teachers and everything goes great...unless you one of the kids that doesn't put any effort into anything than you should move to a different school because the teachers and principal don't tolerate that kind of behavior.the drama that goes on has to stop! And as for sports....the board has to put mone in for more sports besiees FOOTBALL!! Im a swimmer and we have to get changed in a dirty locker room! Thee ceilings of the locker room are almost off:(. Its like they don't even care for us swimmers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2007

Tamaqua High and Jr. High school has become more like Tamaqua prison then a school. Rules upon rules and punishments is the concern not teaching. The are forcing the teachers to be rule enforcers first teachers second. Extracurricular activities have to fight tooth and nail because unless its football they want to cut it from the budget. They send home forms notices rule books all the time. Sign this sign that and its all about punishing children. What happen to teaching? I get almost no feedback from the school other then what is bad or he had on the wrong color of pants. Its sad I went there 20 years ago it was a great school now its a prison camp.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

The focus is too sports oriented. The board needs to put some money in support of class room teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 20, 2004

I think that the education is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2004

Good School. Its a school where your parents parents go and your kids go. Generations go. Make sure that every student reaches full ability very good school district! They come to the students, if there's an academic problem inside the class room and out.
—Submitted by a former student


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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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

137 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

143 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
49%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2012.

142 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%

2009

 
 
89%
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 Students61%
Female69%
Male53%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilities (IEP)18%
English language learnersn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female84%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities (IEP)35%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
Female41%
Male42%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White41%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilities (IEP)5%
English language learnersn/a

Writing

All Students82%
Female91%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multi-ethnicn/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities (IEP)55%
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 95% 71%
Hispanic 3% 9%
Black 1% 15%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Penn St
Tamaqua, PA 18252
Phone: (570) 668-1901

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