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Birney

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Posted March 4, 2014

I'm actually a former parent. My daughter went to kindergarten here. She had Giles and she was fantastic! However when we were there the principal was rarely seen. I tried to join the PTA that wasn't easy. It seemed almost like there wasn't one. The school nurse isn't full time. My daughter fell at recess and broke her nose. NO ONE CALLED! The ratio to student and staff at recess is horrible! The Eceap at the school is great for low income families. However last I heard Pam is still they're. How? She yelled at the kids when we were there. My daughter unfortunately wet her pants and she let the other kids see it. I did make a formal complaint with the district. The school isn't in the greatest shape. My only is wish is that things changed for the better here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2010

I recently moved from California to Tacoma, my daughter and I are so happy to have a wonderful teacher kind, respectful, patient, listen to her kids in the classroom and always ready to go the extra mile to help her students to succeed in their academic needs. As a parent I strongly believe that positive striving attitude not only from teachers but from the principal and personnel is what makes our school achieve a great deal of success because our kids are always looking forward to go to school and parents are please to cooperate not only with the principal but with all the personnel at school. So thanks for hiring teachers of character, kindness, who are passionate about their work with kids in the classroom! I am very please with the teacher, and the school personnel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

Birney is supposed to be one of the better elementary schools in the area, but I'm not that impressed. My daughter has attended Birney since kindergarten, and one of my main complains there is that the all-day kindergarten program has been removed because parents had to pay for it there and don't have to pay for it at other elementary schools. I think instead of dropping the program, they should have given the parents the choice of either sending their children to another school for all-day kindergarten for free or attending at Birney for a fee. Another pet peeve of mine are the constant fund-raisers the school pushes onto the children. No, I don't want my daughter to sell cookie dough or coupon books! I think they forgot that there are other ways of raising money instead of selling things nobody wants.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2006

My son attended the afternoon Special Education Program at Birney and I am 100% impressed with their teachers, classroom setting and ability to work with the children one-to-one! I could tell the teachers really love the students and care about their progress. Since attending Birney, my son has made leaps and bounds. I only wish we could take teachers with us to the next level. They have specialists who work with specific learning areas such as Speech, Physical Therapy, and more. I would recommend Birney over all of the other schools because of the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Wonderful school. I have a son who attends 2nd grade. Nice and friendly teachers but the school is a little old
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2005

Birney has been a great school for my three boys. The only problem with birney, is the middle and high schools students attend in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2004

My daughter attends Birney for kindergarten and she is in Mrs. Mykings class. I think this school exceeded all my expectations. They have bingo night and things going on during the christmas holiday that brings family together to be involved in the school. I have always seen the principal at all these events so its so nice to see that he is involved. I think when your child attends Birney you will see that they are always striving to try and improve there school.
—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 65% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
49%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
46%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
31%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
13%
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 Students41%
Female55%
Male31%
Black53%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Low income35%
Not low income53%
Special educationn/a
Not special education50%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female75%
Male48%
Black71%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Low income50%
Not low income80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
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 Students45%
Female27%
Male59%
Black21%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Low income38%
Not low incomen/a
Special education18%
Not special education53%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students43%
Female36%
Male48%
Black7%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Low income35%
Not low incomen/a
Special education18%
Not special education50%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students41%
Female41%
Male41%
Black29%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic30%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income35%
Not low incomen/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education47%
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 Students60%
Female52%
Male70%
Black50%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander80%
Hispanic40%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income53%
Not low income83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students80%
Female78%
Male83%
Black90%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander90%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Low income74%
Not low income100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited Englishn/a
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female33%
Male61%
Black30%
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander70%
Hispanic0%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income32%
Not low income92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education48%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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 33% 60%
Hispanic 22% 20%
Black 17% 5%
Two or more races 16% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 118%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 250%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 12N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 13N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 79%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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1202 South 76th St
Tacoma, WA 98408
Phone: (253) 571-4600

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