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Follansbee Middle School

Public | 5-8 | 504 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted July 26, 2013

Most of the teachers are really nice and teach really well. I think it's the discipline that's a problem. All the vice principle seems to do during a situation in whichever children are getting bullied is basically have an interview with the kids involved and go with the side of the story that has the most people. She doesn't go with the facts. I don't think ISS and lunch detention is enough. If there is bullying then they should send them to a juvenile hall or expell the child. This school could do a lot better .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2013

I am very disappointed with FMS. My daughter is in 7th grade and her academic level has dropped drastically since she entered this school. The discipline policy at this school is a joke. The only way they discipline the children is by giving them lunch detention, in school suspension or suspension, and from my understanding, lunch detention and ISS is just time for the kids who are in "trouble" to goof off. As for suspension, most parents do not care that their child was suspended and the child just enjoys their time out of school. My daughter tells me that they do not use text books, only the smart board. Now I understand why she is not learning anything. How can you learn from looking at a smart board all day and not using your books for reference. She NEVER has homework, which makes me wonder what these teachers are doing to "teach" these children. Again, I am extremely disappointed with FMS and am seriously considering sending my children to a private school to give them a chance to get a good education, which is something they will never get in Brooke County Schools. The only person that pays attention to the children at FMS is the Assistant Principal, Nancy Deeters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2012

Look at the test scores and you'll see how this school rates. They care more about rules than instruction. The teachers spend to much time worrying about whos chewing gum or has cell phone on them than actually teaching. The also have a huge discipline problem. My child was bullied and they didnt nothing about it after reporting it numerous times the only comment I got was I dont know what you are talking about. So when kids take matters into their own hands and end up in a fight they expel them. The teachers are allowed to name call the students and use intimidation as a means of discipline. I would not EVER send my child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2009

I agree with what the poster said about not being notified of days off and half days, I am new to the area and things are different here and so I have no idea when my child has school and doesn't have school. Never in any other school that my son has attended (2 others) were there not calenders given out every month that shows that. This school seems to be very disorganized. Also, I have noticed that attention is not given enough to bullies. Some circumstances have been ignored on my son's behalf by persistent bully's. When your child tries to stand up for himself, they get into trouble all a while the bullies themselves are ignored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2009

Parent does not like how tring to help a child has no idea how to do homework and child gets in trouble from teacher because homework is not done. School does not post or notify parents or student of when to go back, or if half or full day. School also does not notify paent about whats going on in school or whats happening.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2008

The teachers are fantastic. There are many sports, although only offered to 7th and 8th graders. I myself am a 7th grader at this school, and quite enjoy it there. I (unlike some others) enjoy going to school every day (although must get up at 6am every day :) )
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2006

Are we not all here for the same reason to provide the best for our children. I had requested a tutor for my son and once the teacher found out he was being tutored she harassed him with negative comments. My son had difficulty in reading and one teacher made him read in front of everyone and humiliated him. I am not so sure that all the teachers are acting in a professional manner and I find that you can not express your issues without some recourse to the child. How sad!
—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 50% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

130 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
51%
Social Studies

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

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
63%
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 48% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

117 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
64%
Social Studies

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

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
74%
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 51% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
57%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

120 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2012.

116 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
46%

2009

 
 
60%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 40% in 2012.

119 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
54%

2009

 
 
58%
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 42% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
42%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

129 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

121 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
53%

2009

 
 
69%
Social Studies

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

126 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
39%

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 Students42%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities13%
Students without disabilities51%

Reading

All Students29%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Title I29%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities36%

Science

All Students37%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I37%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities41%

Social Studies

All Students29%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Title I29%
Students with disabilities6%
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

Math

All Students38%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities45%

Reading

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities14%
Students without disabilities49%

Science

All Students30%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities15%
Students without disabilities33%

Social Studies

All Students28%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Title I28%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities34%
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 Students46%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities49%

Reading

All Students56%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I56%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities62%

Science

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities19%
Students without disabilities47%

Social Studies

All Students42%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities24%
Students without disabilities45%
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 Students34%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Title I34%
Students with disabilities12%
Students without disabilities38%

Reading

All Students55%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Title I55%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities59%

Science

All Students45%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities47%

Social Studies

All Students34%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Title I34%
Students with disabilities29%
Students without disabilities35%
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 95% 92%
Black 2% 5%
Two or more races 2% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 53%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1400 Main St
Follansbee, WV 26037
Phone: (304) 527-1942

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