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Mcdowell Elementary School

Public | PK-5

 

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Posted October 14, 2010

This is a great school. My wife and I are very involved in the PTO, as are lots of other parents for such a small school. The administration and teachers are wonderful and my son has scored extremely well on the standardized tests.
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Posted September 25, 2008

I love McDowell and would recommend it to anyone. My son went to Pre-K and Kindergarten there. The teachers work hard to keep the students involved. The Principal is outstanding and always greets the kids every morning and sees them off every evening. He is very attentive. The security should be an example for other security officers in schools. Even my mom thinks she is nice.
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Posted May 5, 2008

I love McDowell! The teachers are very friendly and are willing to help anytime I've had a problem with my child. They keep me informed on how he is doing throughout the 6 weeks, so that I am more prepared for the report card. Mr. Eady is great!
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Posted March 25, 2008

This was the best elemntary school i went to! the teachers are great.


Posted August 23, 2005

McDowell is a great school and I know this because I am very much involved with what's going on with my kids. The teachers that have taught my children have all been very professional yet caring. I like this school and its leadership, but it would be nice if we could have a new building.
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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 59% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 49% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
50%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 84% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 49% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
21%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
40%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 88% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 57% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
23%
Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
37%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 87% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Writing

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students39%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students59%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students82%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Students39%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students31%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White37%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students41%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities10%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students82%
African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilities30%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Math

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) Achievement Test to test students in grades 3 through 8 in reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. The TCAP is a standards-based test that measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 67%
Black 42% 23%
Hispanic 11% 7%
Two or more races 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 99%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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714 West 7th St
Columbia, TN 38401
Phone: (931) 840-4418

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