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Morgan Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 724 students

 
 

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Posted February 24, 2014

Morgan is not a bad school. In fact, they are the first school that has a program for really smart kids that does some good--they created an advanced math curriculum for 7th and 8th graders to get HS credit. Sure there are financial issues that make teaching more difficult, but the teachers and administration are primarily interested in teaching the kids, not the political mess that is the school board. If you have been to Eburg, you might notice that the high school is new and one elementary school is new, but no one is concerned for the middle grades. A shame. The real problem rests with a community that doesn't value the education of its youth, growth or progress. Nice town, wrong priorities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

I am currently watching my 2nd child struggle through Morgan Middle School. The principal is sadly too busy dealing with personal medical issues to do much. She only shows up to large events to look like she is involved. Meanwhile all the other administrative staff is up at the 8th grade campus of the High School doing an equally poor job there. Morgan teachers are impatient and rude, staff is unhelpful and only there for a paycheck. Everyone there knows there is no other option for middle school in Ellensburg and they do the bare minimum. Yes the school is old, but Lincoln Elementary School is also old as is Mt. Stuart and the teachers and principal there are wonderful and the kids learn just fine. They are both making improvement. The middle school teachers are bitter that the community won't approve a new school, and sadly they are making our children suffer for it. It is a horrible atmosphere and very sad. Parents try to be involved but get turned away right from the start. I personally think they don't want parents in the classroom because they would have to treat the kids better and actually do their jobs. So very frustrating as a parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

This is my daughters second year attending Morgan Middle School. During the two years she has attended she has been denied lunch three times! Two times when she had FREE lunch, once when she had reduced lunch! In attempting to get this resolved so my daughter won't be missing out on any further lunches, I have been met with nothing but indifference, defensiveness, and difficulty from the staff including the Principal and the Food Services Director. Their preference is to blame my daughter when it was clearly their fault she was DENIED her lunch. They take no responsibility. In particular there is an air of superiority and arrogance from staff towards parents with concerns. There is no way to get a fair and honest evaluation over anything at this school. I am headed to the Superintendent, and I do hope that he is above this whole superiority complex towards parents attitude you find among the everyday staff members and the principal at this school. This should be a district willing to work with the parents, one valuing their feedback and opinions, working together to solve problems like this. I am just at a loss for now. I hope to get better results with Superintendent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

Morgan Middle School is probably THE worst school in the Ellensburg District, hands down. WHile there is a new principal in the last two years, who has made some improvements, the quality of learning for students is below poor. This school is old, outdated and a horrible learning environment. The majority of the staff are stuck in their ways and just there to do a "job"... Our experience so far has been for two years, and I have nothing good to say about all but 2 staff members we have dealt with. Our child has failed to meet any grade level expectations. Teachers have not shown us that they care. Zero teacher feedback, except at report card time. The school has a cold and criminal feel about it, with a police officer stationed there year round. Parents are actually DISCOURAGED to volunteer at the school and in classrooms. If we had other options, we would pull our kids in a second.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

I'm only a grandparent of a Morgan student, but I've been a school board member, member of a citizen's advisory group, and very active in my children's schools. Now I am hearing things about Morgan that force me to investigate what kind of education my grandchild is receiving. Lack of parental involvement and a few disinterested teachers seems to be dragging this school down. Is the principal aware of his school's problems and is the principal taking action to resolve those problems? Parents need to ask these questions and demand answers. These problems are basic. Morgan's WASL rankings are too low. Some of this may be due to teaching failures at the elementary level. If Morgan fails to answer the needs of these students now, what becomes of them in high school and college? Time for parents to become active and for teachers and the principal to do their jobs.


Posted April 26, 2006

Ellensburg School District Administration leaves a lot to be desired. The administration will overlook administrative misconduct while, at the same time, dictating school policy to parents. They have a strange animosity towards learning disabled children cutting corners in special education costs where ever they can, but will readily fund atheletic and special events claiming all the time that they are always short of funds. If it were not for the teachers who refuse to let the children fail themselves, I would have moved from this area a long time ago. Many of the instructors are very involved in the success of the students while equally disgruntled about the lack of help from administration. The middle school is the only middle school this Ellensburg has to offer. The teachers are great. Secretaries are great. The leaders need replacing.
—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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 64% in 2013.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 69% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 66% in 2013.

231 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 65% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
62%
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students50%
Female50%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income34%
Not low income62%
Special education13%
Not special education56%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female75%
Male66%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic34%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Low income55%
Not low income83%
Special education26%
Not special education79%
Limited English0%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students59%
Female61%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income43%
Not low income70%
Special education15%
Not special education64%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students63%
Female72%
Male54%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic36%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Low income51%
Not low income71%
Special education12%
Not special education69%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students75%
Female87%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Low income60%
Not low income85%
Special education19%
Not special education81%
Limited English7%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Math

All Students39%
Female41%
Male38%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic14%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Low income25%
Not low income49%
Special education8%
Not special education43%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students57%
Female66%
Male48%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic32%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White60%
Low income44%
Not low income65%
Special education15%
Not special education62%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students61%
Female67%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Low income46%
Not low income72%
Special education19%
Not special education67%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8, in writing in grades 4 and 7, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The MSP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 94% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 100% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 82% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
96%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 99% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math I

The state average for Integrated Math I was 97% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Integrated Math II

The state average for Integrated Math II was 99% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Algebra I

All Students94%
Female96%
Male91%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White95%
Low income83%
Not low income97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Biology I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalen/a
Male100%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
White100%
Low incomen/a
Not low income100%
Not special education100%

Integrated Math I

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a

Integrated Math II

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Not low incomen/a
Not special educationn/a
Scale: % basic, level 3, or level 4

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Washington used End-of-Course (EOC) examinations to assess students in Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math I, Integrated Math II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Washington. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 81% 60%
Hispanic 14% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 7%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 12%N/A8%
Special education 110%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 228%N/A44%
Source: 1 WA OSPI, 2009-2010
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 17N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 10N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 70%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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Ellensburg, WA 98926
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