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Washington District Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 432 students

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Posted March 6, 2013

I was a teacher here in the early 1980s. I got my start in my career here. I am so pleased that Washington District is still doing so well. It was a good school then and apparently still a good school now. T. Cole


Posted December 16, 2009

WD is a great school. I do not have chilren in the school, but I am a former employee. The school did have a high turnover rate, but teachers are like everyone else in a bad economy, they hold on to their jobs. So I have several points to make in response to several of the reviews. There are up-to-date textbooks in every classroom, in addition textbooks are not a sole resource. In fact, any educator will tell you that they serve as a poor excuse for a curriculum. So the fact that the teaacher uses worksheets means nothing. Also every students is provided with an assignment book at the start of the year and every teacher writes the homework on the board and the students are to copy it. The parents also have to sign off on the books, so if there is a test they should know. Good school.


Posted December 9, 2008

WDES is a good school. I wouldn't say it is exceptional or amazing though. The staff is competent. However, there is a high turnover rate for teachers. The principal, Mr. Cook, is involved and readily available. I feel my child is safe at school and is getting a good education. The class sizes are small. Supplies (texts, technology) are more than sufficient.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2005

I agree with the review(feb. 2004) on a few points. The communication between staff and parents is not up to par.If the test results from the last few years are any proof then this school is worse then even I thought! the school is not on the same 'level' of teaching that my sons last school was but W.D. is in the middle of nowhere with few resources to draw from. In this age of technology it doesn't even have it's own web site, at least if it does I can't find it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

This school has good discipline. I feel my child is safe. I am concerned because I have not seen textbooks used. Reproduced black and white print outs are used instead of textbooks. I have seen a few workbooks. Even the Science Class has no text. This makes it hard for students to study for tests. The children in lower grades have a problem keeping these loose hand outs together. Also, there is usually no notice to parents before a test is given. A parent can not prompt a child when they don't know when or what material is being tested. Asking for this information has brought no results. In general, I have found communication to the parents to be lacking. Also, math and science is combined in one class period-not enough time is allowed for each of these subjects. Physical education, art, and music are taught on eight day schedules instead of weekly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

I had children in Fairfax County Public Schools (which I believe to be a very good school system)and except for the extracurricular things, WDES is as good or better a school as any we have experienced as a family. I am impressed with the Arts and Language program especially. I hope WDES will have a Gifted/Talented program soon. Kudos to the staff! I feel extremely confident in their abilities to care for, educate and nurture our child.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.
English: Reading

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
History and Social Science

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

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
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 73% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
81%
English: Writing

The state average for English: Writing was 71% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
83%
History and Social Science

The state average for History and Social Science was 89% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students61%
Female students53%
Male students67%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students64%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English62%

Math

All Students54%
Female students55%
Male students54%
Black students38%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students58%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilities20%
Students without disabilities60%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English54%

Science

All Students85%
Female students90%
Male students81%
Black students75%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students91%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilities30%
Students without disabilities94%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English84%
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 Students58%
Female students65%
Male students52%
Black students29%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students65%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students67%
Female students67%
Male students67%
Black students41%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students76%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English66%
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 Students73%
Female students76%
Male students69%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students88%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities75%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

English: Writing

All Students72%
Female students86%
Male students61%
Black students69%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students74%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities79%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English71%

Math

All Students64%
Female students69%
Male students59%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students75%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English61%

Science

All Students64%
Female students62%
Male students66%
Black students56%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White students79%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English65%
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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454 Oak Grove Road
Colonial Beach, VA 22443
Phone: (804) 224-9100

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