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L.F. Palmer Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 478 students

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Posted April 9, 2014

Have had a problem with bullying at Palmer. My child has gone to the principal and was told he would take care if it. The same bully took my son's sandwich and threw it on the floor. Nothing has happen to this child except the principal told the boy to stay away from my child. That is hard to do because the child is in the same class as mine. Seems as though the principal like to pass on the problems to others (secretaries and/teachers). I am so glad that my child will be going to another school next year!!!!! Very disappointed in the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2014

Students are bussed up from the downtown area into this school and other schools in Newport News. Just because your school is in a great area, doesn't mean the quality of the students match. The teachers are great for the most part, but the new administration is lacking. The principal would rather skirt around the problems, then fix them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2012

I am so pleased with the staff and administration at Palmer Elementary. Class sizes were out of hand at the beginning of the school year. What did they do? Add new teachers to reduce the class sizes. Mr. Black and Mrs. Francis (Principal and Assistant Principal) really care for not just the education of the students, but their well-being. They are in the process of rebuilding the PTA, so hopefully more parents will take an interest and help out. I was a bit concerned reading previous comments posted here, but am so glad that I made the decision to enroll my children at Palmer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

Ms. Brown, new principal, has taken an active approach at trying to improve the school. My son moved from Kiln Creek Elem to Palmer for the Talented and Gifted program. I was concerned because of the ratings and reviews, but Palmer did well for my son. They had quarterly award ceremonies and monthly parent involvement meetings. Unfortunately, there is not a lot of parent involvement, but the school is working in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2007

Second yr now that the SOL scores were way down,took four months on a child study request,principle seems to have an attitude,class change made big difference in academics,poor communication from first 4th grade teacher and principal. Michele in the office is the only good thing there at Palmer.Child complains that the food is cold at lunch. My child will not be going there next yr.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2007

As a parent of a smart 4th grader, I have to state the current issues as of 4-25-07. My husband and I have repeatedly given notes to be contacted my the principal since before spring break. But no call back. There is NO play time outside. Somedays they get 10mins. outside. I think on top of learning the kids need a bit of fresh air as well. The homework given takes my child till bedtime to do. They want the kids to read & math do studying for 30 mins each. Each night. My child gets home at 5pm off the bus. It's a long bus ride because we live next to Hampton. My concerns have not been addressed.
—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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
History and Social Science

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 84% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
English: Writing

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students49%
Female students49%
Male students49%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities51%
Limited English proficient students40%
Proficient in English50%

Math

All Students42%
Female students49%
Male students37%
Black students36%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
White students77%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities42%
Limited English proficient students18%
Proficient in English46%

Science

All Students65%
Female students66%
Male students64%
Black students46%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
White students100%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
Limited English proficient studentsn/a
Proficient in English63%
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 Students51%
Female students46%
Male students57%
Black students48%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilities33%
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient students17%
Proficient in English56%

Math

All Students52%
Female students51%
Male students54%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic41%
Multiracialn/a
White students87%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities52%
Limited English proficient students42%
Proficient in English54%
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 Students53%
Female students60%
Male students47%
Black students50%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
White students50%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities55%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English55%

English: Writing

All Students44%
Female students60%
Male students26%
Black students43%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
White students42%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities48%
Limited English proficient students53%
Proficient in English42%

Math

All Students43%
Female students56%
Male students31%
Black students47%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
White students33%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities45%
Limited English proficient students31%
Proficient in English46%

Science

All Students50%
Female students54%
Male students47%
Black students44%
Asian studentsn/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
White students42%
Students identified as economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities54%
Limited English proficient students44%
Proficient in English51%
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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  • Gary Black

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100 Palmer Lane
Newport News, VA 23602
Phone: (757) 881-5000

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