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Dodson Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 797 students

 

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Posted May 22, 2014

There needs to be a correction as Dodson no longer teaches past 4th grade. That being said, I love Dodson. My daughter's teacher in 2nd grade last year was just fantastic. This year her 3rd grade teacher is even more amazing! My son started Kindergarten this year and his teacher is just the best! You can tell that the teachers really care. I've never had anything but positive experiences with the staff, be it the principal, asst. principal, nurses or secretaries. I'm not looking forward to leaving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

The administration in this school is very unapproachable. The Principal's secretary is extremely rude and lazy. I know this school was sought after many years ago however it has declined dramatically in their scores over the last few years due to this decline they are now considered a "Focus" school. If you are zoned for this school do your research at this school, ask a lot of questions, check their report card online, inquire about their safety procedures and check into your other options well in advance for your child to attend Dodson. I will say they have some fantastic teachers who do the best they can with a large class and wide span in academic knowledge in their classroom.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

I had two children attending Workman Elementary and both of my children had Mrs. Kielbso as their elementary teacher and they LOVED her. I also had the privilege to assist her in class and she is Great. Also with Mrs. Dodson and other teachers, vice principle and principle. They have programs to assist your child if there are struggles in their curriculum. They highly supportive of parent participation. Im sad we moved out of the district. We plan on moving back so our children can continue there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I attended the school for the last time almost seven years ago. I am about to be a senior in high school. I loved every second i spent there. I never had a bad experience at the actual school. The only complaint i could express is about the YMCA Fun Company after school care. That service is terrible for every school that offers it though so that is irrelevant. It is an amazing schools and the staff is great. My nine year old brother went there for two years but transferred because of Fun Company.


Posted December 11, 2009

The dodson elementry school is wonderful and great school. my boy is in 4th grade and he is learning lot i like specially science project
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

I absolutely love this school. My daughters go there. I have had them specially transferred. In my 1st graders class, her best friend has cerebral palsy. The school and children and faculty treat her no different. She is wonderful. The academics at Dodson are excellent. The PTO does alot for this school. Basically, it's the best school in my opinion. THere is no violence, lots of adversity, the faculty is amazing. Everyone knows everyone. Plus, the classes are small so there is definitely more chance for one on one time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2006

This school is a fabulous learning enviorment. Because of the excellent student to teacher ratios and the smaller class sizes the kids can have a more personilized education. Four kids of mine have gone here and 3 of them are in ivy league schools. When the attended the school was for first through eighth. The other child is still in high school but plans to attened Brown next fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2004

My child will be going to 3rd grade at Dodson Elementary and so far I can say, the school has been good. She has had 3 teachers and they have shown a personal commitment to her success. The class sizes are small and the students are give different opportunities to participate in activities that increase their self-esteem. The school has had two asst. principles, but the princle has been steady and he is great. He takes an active role in the children and the activities they participate in. The staff encourages parent participation and honors parents who choose to participate. My daughter has two more years and I am expecting them to be great.
—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.
Math

The state average for Math was 59% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

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48%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading/Language Arts

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
57%
Social Studies

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
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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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
14%
Reading/Language Arts

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
22%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
22%
Social Studies

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

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
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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.

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Reading/Language Arts

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

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Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

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Writing

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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 45% in 2013.

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Reading/Language Arts

The state average for Reading/Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 62% in 2013.

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Social Studies

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

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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 Students46%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
White56%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students34%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Hispanic18%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students54%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
White63%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilities33%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students80%
African American66%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities50%
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 Students27%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Hispanic25%
White42%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students34%
African American12%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
White59%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students33%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
White49%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students84%
African American74%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
White94%
Economically disadvantaged82%
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 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

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

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English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

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

English I

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 Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined 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
Black 44% 23%
White 38% 67%
Hispanic 14% 7%
Two or more races 4% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 77%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4401 Chandler Rd
Hermitage, TN 37076
Phone: (615) 885-8806

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