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Lester Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 164 students

 

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Posted October 10, 2011

what are the raleigh county rules about taking all the childs resse time? my child has adhd,odd,&cd. if she talks to much or gets up to much she losses all her resse time. plese send me the rules on resses time
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

My son is a student at Lester Elementary School and I could not have picked a better school for him. The teachers and staff are fantastic. They care about the children and their education in a manner like I've never seen before. I would recommend Lester to any parent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

I really like this school. I am a working parent with no medical insurance, the teachers and principal were great in helping me get my child a pair of glasses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

I recently moved here and placed my son in Lester Elementary. I have been satisfied with the principal and although he is a new principal, I believe that he has a realistic vision for the school and is fully capable of implementing his goals. I am not so sure about the parent/teacher participation. I truly believe that very few schools have enough funding, because they don't have any after-school programs(except sports related activities). I will try to become part of the solution, not part of the problem! The school is clean and has a pleasant decor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

i have to agree with the comment about the principle at Lester..he is set in his ways..there no sports..but thats the parents fault..he cant make them do it..im 31 and he was my principle in 5th grade..my stepson is in middle school now but when he left he left smart..i have 2 other children there now..my 4 year old in preschool shocks me daily with what he learns..my daughter is in second grade reading chapter books and again, straight As other than he is strict and a little old fashion i have to give him a little more credit..he is retiring this year and me and my kids will miss him..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

my grandaughter goes to lester and is very happy with this school.she is in the 3rd grade and is doing great.they have alot of activities that other schools doesnt.she has never had a problem with the teachers and puts alot of intrest in her school.we all have to work togeather and voice our ideas it can always be better ,but then again it could be worse.we all need to thank GOD our kids have a school to go to plus we all have a freedom to say the things we do and dont like! T Phillips
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2005

Lester Elmentary School has the potiental to be a great school again. Unfortunately we currently have a huge gap in our parent/teacher/principal relationships. Our current principal has been at the school for many years now and is firmly set in his ways. Any time a parent or teachers makes a suggestion about change of any sort, that suggestion is immediately shot down. His reasoning is always 'It's been tried, and it doesn't work at Lester.' or 'It's to hard to do we don't have enough parent participation.' or my personal favorite 'I don't want to do that.' Last year we tried to organise a PTO. We elected a wonderful President who tried her very best. She recieved very little for her efforts. Our parents would love to do more, but dealing with our principal has become such a kick in the gut that now they don't even try.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2005

This is my daughter's first year of school and we just moved to Beckly West Virgina and had to place our daughter in Lester elementary big mistake! We wanted to but her in Coal City because we have family who's kids' go and have gone there and they absolutly loved it. However after much of a struggle and trying to avoid the placing her in Lester we finally had to. She has been through 3 teachers this year and what can you say about a school that goes through three teachers in a year right? We are just trying to get through the year and get her into a better school we have even cosidered private school or if no other choice home school.
—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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
34%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

17 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
28%

2009

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

17 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
17%

2009

 
 
22%
Social Studies

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

17 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
17%

2009

 
 
13%
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

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
64%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
40%

2009

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

28 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
10%

2009

 
 
23%
Social Studies

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

27 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
20%

2009

 
 
55%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
29%

2009

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
25%

2009

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
13%

2009

 
 
38%
Social Studies

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

25 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
4%

2009

 
 
57%
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 Students29%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Title I29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities31%

Reading

All Students24%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Title I24%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities25%

Science

All Students6%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Title I6%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities6%

Social Studies

All Students6%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged10%
Title I6%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities6%
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%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Title I39%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%

Reading

All Students43%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Title I43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities55%

Science

All Students25%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged29%
Title I25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities30%

Social Studies

All Students33%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Title I33%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
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 Students36%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Title I36%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities36%

Reading

All Students44%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Title I44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities45%

Science

All Students28%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Title I28%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities27%

Social Studies

All Students20%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Title I20%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities18%
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 94% 92%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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1970 Lester Hwy Rt. 54
Lester, WV 25865
Phone: (304) 934-5885

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