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Pioneer Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 26, 2013

My daughter is in the 2nd grade. I have really enjoyed Pioneer for the last few years. I volunteer in my daughters class so I am pretty familiar with everything. The principal Jenni is fantastic! Most of the teachers seem great as well. My daughter loves Pioneer. My complaints would be that the smarter kids are not challenged enough because the teachers and helpers are having to spend so much time with the kids that are behind, therefore, the smarter kids do not have a chance to excel above their capabilities. Excel classes are offered once you reach 2nd grade, but a parent has to request their child be tested. The pick up time of day seems a little chaotic and makes me nervous, kids could almost go with anybody. The drop off in the morning is annoying, they do not let the kids walk through the office because the classrooms have outside doors all around the building, yet last yr my daughter's class didn't have an outside door and she was told to use another classroom door. If you want to make sure your child enters the building safely you have to follow them all the way to their outside door! No easy drop offs here! They are strict about where you can park to drop off as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2013

I have 4 kids that have attended Pioneer for the last 9 years & we have loved every minute of it! We have had fabulous teachers that have turned my kids into avid readers and capable mathematicians with above grade level capabilities. My kids love going to school. The scores for this school are low, but everything is available at this school to be successful, outstanding teachers and an awesome principal, Jenni Roberts, do your part at home and you will thrive here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2007

We have been at Pioneer now for 6yrs. We currently have children in 1st and 5th. Pioneer is an amazing school that strives to give the children the best education and support possible. The teachers are easy to communicate with and love parents that like to be envolved in their child's education. We have truly been blessed to be with Pioneer and Holly Meyers the current Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2005

My daughter likes Pioneer. She was there for Kindergarten, 4th and now 5th grades. The classes go to specialists in Music and PE twice a week, Library once a week. Art is included well in the curriculum. Reading has been emphasized the last few years, and the test scores show that. I think the school is improving. There are challenges for the teachers: many non-English speaking students, parents who never come to conferences, and some overcrowding. (Although that is better since the district built York.)One of the teachers won the Milken Nation Award, one of only 2 teachers in Washington State for the year 2004. Most of the teachers are experienced. The dress code is fairly strict for a public school and there are strict rules on the playground and in the cafeteria. Discipline has improved since my daughter went there in Kindergarten. An active PTA holds many events.
—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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
40%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 62% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
50%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
28%
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 Students63%
Female61%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White64%
Low income60%
Not low income67%
Special education20%
Not special education69%
Limited English56%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female73%
Male61%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander86%
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White65%
Low income66%
Not low income67%
Special education7%
Not special education75%
Limited English48%
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 Students70%
Female80%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asian90%
Asian/Pacific Islander82%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Low income61%
Not low income79%
Special education50%
Not special education72%
Limited English50%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students76%
Female82%
Male73%
Blackn/a
Asian100%
Asian/Pacific Islander100%
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Low income63%
Not low income89%
Special education40%
Not special education81%
Limited English57%
Migrantn/a

Writing

All Students47%
Female71%
Male34%
Blackn/a
Asian60%
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic33%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Low income44%
Not low income51%
Special education10%
Not special education52%
Limited English29%
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%
Female56%
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Low income52%
Not low income69%
Special education25%
Not special education66%
Limited English33%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students69%
Female64%
Male74%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander55%
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White73%
Low income61%
Not low income77%
Special education19%
Not special education77%
Limited English28%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female65%
Male68%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Asian/Pacific Islander64%
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Low income59%
Not low income75%
Special education19%
Not special education75%
Limited English33%
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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 60%
Hispanic 15% 20%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 7%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Black 3% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Transitional bilingual 116%N/A8%
Special education 112%N/A13%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 251%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 16N/A17
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Average years educational experience 9N/A12
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree or higher 73%N/A66%
Source: WA OSPI, 2009-2010

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