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Keyser Primary / Middle School

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Posted August 27, 2013

Keyser Primary Middle School is absolutely horrible. Communication is pathetic. They have School Reach phone automation, but they use it for intramural sports schedules religiously, yet don't bother to use it to let parents know about open house, parent teacher conferences, or any other academic purpose. They have Edline which they claim is a great communications tool, but many teachers don't update it until the week that the grading period ends,or at nid-semester at best. They have no control - they can't stop the kids from bullying and fighting during recess so they just don't have any recess for middle school. Leadership doesn't have a clue in the world - the good teachers and administrators all jump ship for better schools rather than try to tackle the horrendous attitudes rampant among staff. I feel sorry for the few good teachers there - they get a bad rap because the rest of the school is so pathetic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2008

you think this school cannot get worse but every year it does!! I hate this school. it is too full and i dont think the teachers keep you informed of anything that goes on. 1 teacher has 27-30 kids in her class and i dont think they actually care about any student having trouble comprehending all the information they throw at them all day. this school is horrible and i would not recommend it to anyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2008

I spent nine years at KPMS. I can honestly say that all of the teachers there are nothing short of amazing, and most seem extremely dedicated to teaching their classes. I have had a couple of teachers inspire me to follow their career paths, one of them a long-term substitue I had for a little more than a semester. I'm going to miss a lot about KPMS next year, but what will be the hardest to let go of is those few teachers I had that were such a big influence on my life!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 13, 2008

First off, I have to say the school is very crowded. Lockers have been there for decades, when books were smaller. That means the lockers are smaller too, making it very uncomfortable for the student. Teachers discipline very fairly though, save some. Some teachers are completely aloof and subsitutes are even worse. Their are some dedicated teachers, but most don't go into much detail unless asked. Several tasks the teacher is required to hand out is shoved upon the student without any guidance. They have a very nice and dedicated band. Their educational level is very high, yet I can't say it is a very good place for a child to grow up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 2, 2007

i Have not been pleased with this school at all communication between students and parents the teacher is very poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2007

I moved to Keyser from cumberland. I found that the education level is more advanced here. My child learned more in two months here than 1/2 a year in cumberland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2007

I have noted an organized, academic, and quality school. Big school, but a lot of quality learning going on. There are positive rewards for kids and they do have 7th and 8th grade girls and boys BB teams, as well as, intramural sports for after school in grades 6-8. Many people choose to transfer their children from other parts of the county to this school. Primary teachers are highly trained and dedicated to both education and the children. Reading First School. PTA is available and always welcoming parental involvement. The Read Aloud Program and Accelerated REader Programs are other ways parent can be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

This school is going downhill. They have no school basketball team or anything of the sort. The teachers are amazing, especially Mr. Zinn, but overall, the school is horrible. I usually don't have anything to complain about at my schools, but this one is the worst one (out of 7) that I've attended. I recommend not sending your kids here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 4, 2006

Horrible School. There are many great teachers. It would appear they don't want parent involvement by the stupid rules they have. I have been a student there since kindergarten and over the years they keep making wackier rules. They keep trying to put more kids in but it's full. Overall it is a less than perfect school with lots of room for improvement.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2006

One of the worst schools on planet earth! I never even thought about home schooling until I moved to Keyser! I've raised five kids, who all attended public school in other states with positive results. Within 3 months of my two youngest attending Keyser PMS, I made the difficult decision to take them out of public school and teach them at home. I felt I had no other choice. That was in 2001. We are now planning to relocate to another state, and I hope to put the kids back into public school there. I am researching, and carefully choosing a good school and we will buy our new home based on attendance area of the best schools. I regret not doing that before moving to Keyser. If you care about your kids' education, steer clear of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2004

This school has some excellent teachers, but in the most part they do not care about the students. They would rather punish good kids and ignore the one who need help. The principals will encourage you to home school your children when bully's are beating them up everyday instead of helping them. The teachers will charge kids money to rent pencils from them if they forget theirs and not let them go to their lockers. This school is the only one in the area, so you have no choice but to send you child to the school or keep them at home. I had to attend this school. It's all about keeping the kids busy and out of their hair now. It is such a shame that a school once so good has turned so bad.
—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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
30%

2009

 
 
55%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
52%

2009

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

80 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
38%
Social Studies

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

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
35%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
16%

2009

 
 
60%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
23%

2009

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

96 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
42%
Social Studies

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
17%

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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
37%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

114 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
59%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

109 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
28%
Social Studies

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

106 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
21%

2009

 
 
50%
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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
39%

2009

 
 
63%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

184 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

176 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
36%

2009

 
 
62%
Social Studies

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

176 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
54%
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.

190 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
51%

2009

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

190 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
31%

2009

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2012.

183 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
41%
Social Studies

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

182 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
38%

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 42% in 2012.

166 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
47%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 48% in 2012.

166 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
33%

2009

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2012.

159 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
56%
Social Studies

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
27%

2009

 
 
51%
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 Students38%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I38%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities41%

Reading

All Students46%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I46%
Students with disabilities23%
Students without disabilities50%

Science

All Students25%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Title I25%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities28%

Social Studies

All Students27%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Title I27%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities28%
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%
Black8%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Title I34%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities36%

Reading

All Students36%
Black8%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities39%

Science

All Students22%
Black0%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Title I22%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities24%

Social Studies

All Students22%
Black8%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Title I22%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities24%
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 Students35%
Black20%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Title I35%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities41%

Reading

All Students45%
Black60%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Title I45%
Students with disabilities5%
Students without disabilities53%

Science

All Students23%
Black0%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I23%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities27%

Social Studies

All Students22%
Black0%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Title I22%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities25%
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 Students43%
Black20%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Title I43%
Students with disabilities10%
Students without disabilities55%

Reading

All Students36%
Black20%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities6%
Students without disabilities47%

Science

All Students30%
Black7%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Title I30%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities38%

Social Studies

All Students18%
Black0%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Title I18%
Students with disabilities2%
Students without disabilities23%
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 Students47%
Black37%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Title I47%
Students with disabilities18%
Students without disabilities54%

Reading

All Students42%
Black32%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Title I42%
Students with disabilities9%
Students without disabilities49%

Science

All Students31%
Black32%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I31%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities37%

Social Studies

All Students26%
Black21%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Title I26%
Students with disabilities4%
Students without disabilities31%
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 Students39%
Black25%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Title I39%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities44%

Reading

All Students36%
Black25%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities16%
Students without disabilities40%

Science

All Students36%
Black10%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Title I36%
Students with disabilities11%
Students without disabilities41%

Social Studies

All Students18%
Black0%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Title I18%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities22%
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 10% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Hispanic 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
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 61%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Keyser, WV 26726
Phone: (304) 788-4220

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