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Mark Twain Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 601 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted February 8, 2013

Could do better. Not a great school for a child with special needs. Will be taking my child elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2012

I really like this school! The kids always come first here. The staff does everything that is possible to help kids who have difficulties at school. My son struggels with his academics due to many factors such as ADD, being bilingual and having a unilateral hearing loss. They give him so much support there, I couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

Pulled my child out of school because of bulling and lack of assistants when my child needs help. He has fallen behind and its so sad that I have to home school now to get him back up to grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2012

I agreed that MS. Runyon Is a wonderful teacher and the staff Barb at the office is kind and helpful. But I also found that school needed to pay more attention to the "line up" situation. My little girl was often being pushed around by the boys from same classroom because these boys were always playing in line. She said that she told some one in the school about it and nothing has been done. Also, we moved here in Jan. and the girls from the same class kept turning her away and refused to play with her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

So bad I pulled my son out of the school. He was beat up everyday came home crying and covered in bruises. The teachers and principle did nothing to protect him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2011

Mark Twain has been an excellent place for my son. He is now in 1st grade after a fabulous Kindergarten experience. He had Mrs. Luiten for his all day Kindergarten & she is incredible! She is dedicated to her students & to giving them a great start to their school career. My son tends to excel in his school work & this year his 1st grade teacher, Miss Runyon is working hard to keep him challenged & doing a great job. The office is very helpful, the principal is friendly & open to feedback. I'd hate for one bad review to ruin this school's reputation, it really is a great place to put your kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

I was very disappointed by our experience at this school. The curriculum is geared entirely toward passing standardized tests, which the children do. Unfortunately, they are not equipped to deal with children who demonstrate creativity: For example, the only art program is one run by parents, and often there is no parent for a given classroom. Same with the drama program. The classes are noisy and chaotic, yet when a child is unable to pay attention in the chaos, they have negative labels put on them as though they are the problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

We have the best staff - they put so much effort into educating our students. And our principal shows respect and genuine understanding for all our students and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Mark Twain Elementary school really cares about each and every student. From the moment they walk in the school office Barb and Lynette know each child's name (this is NOT a small school)! The teachers are absolutely first rate the principal has an open door policy, so I can go speak to him anytime. When he is not in his office he is walking around the school checking on things. Even the school janitors are nice and friendly, I know them by name too. I just can't say enough great things about Mark Twain Elementary School. My oldest graduates this year, he has been there since Kindergarten, now he is in 6th grade. But I am not leaving yet because my youngest is in 1st grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Thank you Mark Twain for giving my kids a sense of community for making each and every student feel safe and providing an organized learning environment. Thanks to the Teachers and Administrators that give my kids positive memories that will last a liftime. Thank you for teaching tolerance and accountability.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers, staff, parents and students all work together to make it a great community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

My girl attends 1st grade this year and kindergarten last year. So far, the teachers are very caring, and the parents are all very involved and helpful. Principal Rick Burden has been kind, and he is there at the engineering fair and science fair. Hardly any homework. The shortfall is the Maths. I agree with the last parent's review that the Maths is a 'sad, sad joke'. I don't agree that at 1st grade, they are still doing only addition on 0-9 and learning how to read the time on clock ? These are pre-school and kindergarten stuffs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

My son is starting his third year at Twain. It is overall a great school. Most of my complaints have to do with the district and state. There is inadequate music, art and science education and the math curriculum is a sad, sad joke. The teachers we have had so far have been terrific, though I sense a certain laziness regarding individualized curriculum for kids. Why should bright kids spend their day sitting around repeating things they already know while waiting for the other kids to catch up? The teachers are kind and clearly care a great deal about the kids. Parent involvement at this school is fabulous and the staff are helpful and fun. The playground could use a little help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

i have two kids who've attended twain; one for 6 yrs and one for 4. we have had mostly excellent experiences with both teachers and principal(s). my only concern is more of a statewide one: why no elementary band/orchestra on campus, and why such a small focus on art and social studies? i'd like to see more field trips and exposure to things beyond WASL prep.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2004

Mark Twain is a great school. The principlal, Pernat is a great person. He knows all the childrens names and truely loves his job. The teachers are fabulous, and there is a great parent involvment in this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
82%
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 63% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
79%
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 63% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
57%
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 59% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 72% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students68%
Female73%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Low income32%
Not low income81%
Special education37%
Not special education76%
Limited English30%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female85%
Male72%
Blackn/a
Asian85%
Asian/Pacific Islander85%
Hispanic71%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Low income54%
Not low income86%
Special education47%
Not special education85%
Limited English40%
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 Students88%
Female93%
Male84%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanic80%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income74%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female93%
Male88%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Low income74%
Not low income94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students79%
Female93%
Male63%
Blackn/a
Asian86%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Low income63%
Not low income82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
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

Math

All Students81%
Female82%
Male80%
Blackn/a
Asian80%
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Low income40%
Not low income88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students88%
Female89%
Male87%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Low income60%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female86%
Male82%
Blackn/a
Asian87%
Asian/Pacific Islander87%
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Low income30%
Not low income93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
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

Math

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Low incomen/a
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 63%
Asian 17% 7%
Hispanic 8% 18%
Two or more races 5% 5%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 110%N/A40%
Transitional bilingual 29%N/A8%
Special education 210%N/A13%
Source: 1 NCES, 2010-2011
Source: 2 WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Student-teacher ratio

  This school District averageState average
Students per classroom teacher 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 14N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 51%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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