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Ruffner Elementary School

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Posted April 28, 2014

Ruffner is a wonderful school, my daughter attended the school and loved it. Many of the teachers are and will work beyond their duty. Have nothing but great comments on the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

This school is great overall, however i think that the teachers in 4th and 5th grade are not very knowledgeable in their teaching level of math. Thank goodness my child comes from a family of Math majors or she would have failed miserably in this area. The teachers are kind and personable which is great, but in a education setting we need instructors who can understand their class curriculum and teach it to their class in a way that is receptive to the student. I believe teacher raises should be based on the outcome of the student test scores. Not on the basis of being "Teacher".
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

A clarification of the parent input about the classroom with 'peers': I believe that parent is describing a special pre-school program designed for children with disabilities which is open to students without disabilities. While, of course, special education students are served throughout the grade levels, the ratio of students with disabilities is naturally higher in that classroom, and many activities are naturally specially designed to serve them. An advantage, however, is that the staff to student ratio is very high--almost 1 teacher or aide for 3 students. (this comment from a teacher at Ruffner)
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Posted March 9, 2005

This is my son's first year at Ruffner and he is doing great with the staff and other children in his class. The teachers are always very helpful and voice their concerns about my child. Parents are always included in class activities. This year (2004-2005) the children have finally recieved the new playground which the staff has been working very hard for many years to get for them. I think Ruffner school and staff are both very outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2005

This is my daughter's first year at Ruffner. She is in a class which has regular students labeled as 'peers' and students with disabilities such as Autism. I feel that the class is a great opportunity for the students with disabilities, however, I feel that my daughter and the other 'peers' are at a disadvantage somewhat. I believe she would receive more of the challanges she needs in a traditional classroom. The teachers all seem to be very caring and they all work very hard. The principal is always visible at the school and is very approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


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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 49% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
71%
Social Studies

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

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
32%

2009

 
 
52%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
36%
Social Studies

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

59 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
43%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

51 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
45%

2009

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

49 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
35%

2009

 
 
49%
Social Studies

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

50 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
38%

2009

 
 
83%
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 Students46%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I46%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%

Reading

All Students39%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%

Science

All Students39%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Title I39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities43%

Social Studies

All Students27%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Title I27%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities30%
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 Students50%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I50%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities53%

Reading

All Students40%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I40%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities45%

Science

All Students22%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged14%
Title I22%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities27%

Social Studies

All Students24%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Title I24%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities27%
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 Students49%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I49%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities53%

Reading

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities49%

Science

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I37%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities41%

Social Studies

All Students26%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I26%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities27%
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 83% 92%
Black 15% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Charleston, WV 25311
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