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Powell Valley Primary School

Public | PK-4 | 675 students

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Posted November 15, 2008

We moved to BSG about a year ago. Our son had only attended a private school at Sullins Academy before we came here and we are impressed with PVPS. There is a good communication system between parents, teachers, and students. The school is very much comparable to what we were use to at Sullins minus the tuition. If you have a child in pre-school also check out King's Christian Academy. They have an excellent program and I would also rate it excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

My son has attended Powell Valley Primary for three years. Most of the teachers are exceptional and strive to provide the best possible education for the kids. The administration seems to have high expectations which encourages strong teacher and student achievement. Most classrooms are equipped with Smartboards and provide an age-appropriate use of technology. The new gym will provide even more opportunity for athletic achievement and the after-school program is great. The only downfall is the traffic pattern for pick-up students. Even though there are several teachers supervising pick-ups, it is still unsafe and takes a long time to pick up students.
—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.
English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 72% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 87% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
96%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

The state average for English: Reading was 70% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 84% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students82%
Female students85%
Male students79%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students81%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities87%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English82%

Math

All Students84%
Female students88%
Male students81%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students84%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities40%
Students without disabilities89%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%

Science

All Students89%
Female students88%
Male students90%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students89%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities93%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

English: Reading

All Students71%
Female students69%
Male students73%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students72%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilities47%
Students without disabilities76%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students72%
Female students72%
Male students71%
Black studentsn/a
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students71%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilities37%
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Virginia used the Standards of Learning (SOL) tests to assess students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, writing in grades 5 and 8, and science in grades in 3, 5 and 8. The SOL tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Virginia. The goal is for all students to pass the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the Virginia Department of Education. Data is not reported when there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".
  • In 2007-2008, this school was rated "Fully Accredited".

About the tests


Virginia school accreditation ratings reflect student achievement on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other assessments in English, history/social science, math and science. The 2009-2010 ratings are based on passing rates on tests taken during the 2008-2009 school year or on overall achievement during the three most recent years. Schools are identified as either Fully Accredited, Accredited with Warning, Conditionally Accredited or Accreditation Denied.

Source: Virginia Department of Education

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  • Heather Sykes

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2945 Second Avenue East
Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Phone: (276) 523-4900

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