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Maxwell Hill Elementary School

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Posted September 23, 2007

I'm so mad and frustrated with this school. Many parents have begun to question where the fundraising money is going, so the school has conceded to taking field trips. They've implemented a 'discipline committee' which doles out discipline (aka detention) for various infractions such as talking during lunch, not completing homework, etc. Then anyone with two detentions is banned from field trips. They are withholding recess and field trips from students. We've had to correct teachers' spelling and grammar. The first day of school and several other times througout the year the kids are expected to do fundraisers. If the student does not participate in fundraisers, they are ostracized from the fundraising party. That fundraising party excuses the children from all educational activities. In 2007-2008, there are 30 days scheduled off (including holidays). They have told the over achievers to tutor the children that are underperforming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2007

This school has received kudos due to high test scores. Those test scores are not the result of the school's offerings. Most of the students are from middle-and upper-middle class homes where the parents offer many opportunities. They are likely expected to excel.These children are subjected to a drill-and -fill worksheet curriculum with teachers who aren't necessarily interested in innovation. There are few hands-on experiences and even fewer field trips, despite numerous fundraisers. I would say that the music program is top-notch because the teacher is so dedicated. There are much better choices of elementary schools in this district.
—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 49% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
94%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
64%

2009

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
82%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 37% in 2012.

39 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
89%

2009

 
 
100%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
86%

2009

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
69%

2009

 
 
69%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 35% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
80%

2009

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 50% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%

2009

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%

2009

 
 
54%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 34% in 2012.

38 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
57%

2009

 
 
71%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities56%

Reading

All Students62%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%

Science

All Students49%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Title I49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%

Social Studies

All Students36%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Title I36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students86%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I86%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities86%

Reading

All Students82%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I82%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities82%

Science

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%

Social Studies

All Students61%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I61%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

Math

All Students66%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Title I66%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities66%

Reading

All Students76%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Title I76%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%

Science

All Students39%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged8%
Title I39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities39%

Social Studies

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Title I37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2011-2012 West Virginia used the West Virginia Educational Standards Test 2 (WESTEST 2) to test students in grades 3 through 11 in reading, math and social studies, and grades 3 through 9 in science. The WESTEST 2 is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of West Virginia. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the West Virginia Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: West Virginia Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 88% 92%
Black 4% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
Two or more races 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1001 Maxwell Hill Rd
Beckley, WV 25801
Phone: (304) 256-4599

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