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Powell Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 970 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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Posted February 20, 2014

This school is horrible. I don't know what they do in school all day. My child is in kindergarten and she loves to learn and she entered this school advanced and now she knows less then when she went in. They do not challenge or teach the kids at all. The only thing they focus on is teaching them to obey like puppies. My childs report card is not accurate, My daughter could write her first, middle and last name before she even started school (the teacher even told me she was impressed because my child was the only one that could write her first and last name with no help) but on her first report card it said she was below average on that. The staff spends more time hanging out and gossiping then teaching including the principles. I could go on and on but I wont. I have applied for a transfer for next year if its not approved I will be home schooling my child. Oh I forgot they do teach the kids how to raise money, I can ask her what she learned today she will say nothing every time but when they do a fundraiser she can tell you every detail and they have fundraisers more then any school I have ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2014

Teachers not involved enough in helping each child. I get that it is hard to give one on one to each individual student but when it is needed it should be given. My son gets bored quickly with the things they are learning in class because he already knows most of it. The things he does need help with he's not getting the help needed. I do all I can with him at home but I am no teacher. Understaffed is what seems to be the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

Wonderful, involved teachers. Lots of parent participation. Friendly staff. I have no worries about the quality of my kids' education at Powell.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My school is on track with providing a great education in the classrooms and providing strong leadership skills
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

They don't look at what you can do. My son is very much above average, but the whole class "has to stick together", so he sits there half the time and I'm afraid he's going to get bored and waste his brain. And, according to him, a child with Dyslexia in his class has to do the same work as everyone else. It's not the school, it's the stupid No Child Left Behind law. The worst mistake the US government ever made (educationally).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2012

I hate to be negative, but this school is terrible. My son started elementary school at a different school, where he was challenged and learned so much in such a short amount of time. When he started at Powell, he regressed. He started in the middle of the year in first grade and they did not care about his previous history or test scores or abilities. They did not take him where he was at and progress from there. Every child is expected to do the exact same work, regardless of what they are ABLE to do harder work. His 1st grade teacher was awful, but thankfully his 2nd grade teacher is wonderful. However, the are not enough teachers or resources for the kids to excel. The only kids they worry about are the ones that are behind..The school is ran like a military school with bathroom monitors in the bathroom to tell on the students for talking! The parent participation in this school is slim to none and if you do have concerns, the principals acts as if you are TOO involved! I swear, I have never ever seen the assistant principal smile. Never! My son STILL has NO homework and he is in 2nd grade and they are still only doing math/addition! & they do not care about reading. Awful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

Powell Elementary is just AWESOME.......My son just finished Kindergarten and he loved it so much that he can't wait until next school season. His teacher was Ms. Horner and she is great. I would highly recommend her to anyone. The principle Ms. Johnson is absolutely wonderful and caring. This school is great and we love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

I think any school that can make my child be excited about returning after summer break has to be a great school. Serena Loves Powell elementary as well as the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2006

Powell Elementary is a great school...my son is just in Kindergarten but he absolutely loves it and his teacher Ms. Antone is wonderful...My son loves the music program at the school...it has made him want to start playing the guitar. How fun is that?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

Powell Elementary is a great school for the area of Knoxville. They have a very involved principle and structured environment that results in overall school success. The teachers are always pleasant and happy and the students reflect this atmosphere. There are numerous parents who volunteer at this school and the PTA support is outstanding.
—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.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
45%
Reading/Language Arts

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
52%
Social Studies

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

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

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.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
30%
Reading/Language Arts

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

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
37%
Science

The state average for Science was 56% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
48%
Social Studies

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

163 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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
43%
Reading/Language Arts

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

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
59%
Social Studies

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

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

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 Students50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilities25%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
White44%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Students with disabilities19%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
White62%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilities44%
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 Students36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic26%
White37%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic16%
White44%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities32%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
White50%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
White85%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities45%
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 Students53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
White53%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities24%
English language learnersn/a

Reading/Language Arts

All Students62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities46%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
White73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Social Studies

All Students90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilities63%
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 88% 67%
Hispanic 8% 7%
Black 2% 23%
Two or more races 1% 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 47%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1711 Spring St
Powell, TN 37849
Phone: (865) 938-2048

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