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Driswood Elementary School

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Posted Sunday, September 14, 2014

It is very sad to see vindictive parents who try to bully school administration by writing anonymous negative reviews on a website that allows no responsibility for defaming character or accountability. Every one knows who you are and would hope that you would have more character than to continually attack a school. What a great role model you are for your children. Driswood is a great school with a wonderful group of supportive PTO parents who are attending for the right reasons, students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Saturday, September 13, 2014

I wish I had more positive thoughts about this school, it is an elementary school after all, and what is more exciting then young children coming together to learn and grow. But unfortunately, my families time at this school, was not enjoyable. Most of the teachers try their best, but the leadership negatively impacts almost every aspect. Teachers aren't provided with needed supplies or an inviting place to create and nurture our children. As a parent, you are not welcome, not even at the PTO! There is no community, for members of this school, to be a part of and it's truly sad. Many people have left and even more are thinking about ways out. I encourage you to ask around in the community and to neighbors, to got honest opinions of this school. I guarantee your most common response will be "they have great teachers" because no one truly wants to be unhappy about where they have to send their child to school, but a lot of them are and it becomes hard to come up with something nice to say. I would also like to point out that most of the negative and truthful reviews have been removed, if you have a child at this school, then this should not come as a surprise. Very glad to be gone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2014

I have 3 kids that have either gone, or are going to Driswood. I couldn't be more thrilled with the administration and teaching staff! They are all in a position to either foster my child's love for learning or scar them to the public school experience altogether, and I'm happy to say we have been blessed with every teacher that has touched my kids' lives. I don't know how much parent involvement people expect, but I've found the staff almost tripping over themselves to make parent involvement possible, so some of these comments have me flabbergasted! I couldn't speak more highly or recommend this school enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2014

I'm a teacher at DES and started when we opened at SM Park. We don't have a high teacher turnover. Teachers retiring, moving, going back to middle school b/c it's easier, being transferred, are reasons for turnover. I've been a new teacher, and resent the comment made towards getting the "new" teacher. Teacher's are begging for a job at DES. I get asked on a regular basis if we are going to have an opening. We had the highest test scores last year, and we were 2nd this year. Our 2nd yr, we made Distinguished school, an achievement most schools have never made. It's upsetting to hear people talking negatively about our school, or to read negative comments. As for our PTO, I agree, our parents will do anything for us, but there's a handful that are not in it for the right reasons. If the PTO is going to cause a negative vibe between the parents and staff, then they should be disbanned. I, along with many of my colleagues would appreciate if the negative comments would stop. I would like to see us all come together and build a positive culture in our school. The staff and students are not afraid of the administration; not anymore than you were when you were in school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 24, 2014

My children love going to Driswood. I have noticed that only the older kids get to participate in special school events, like chorus and band concerts and musicials. My kids have never attend a school where every child didn't have the chance to participate in a chorus concert or other evening special event to showcase their talents. After the kindergarten end of year event, kids don't get to do any special musical events until fourth grade. Even families who want to suppport the school are told they can't go to the band or chorus concert or the musical unless their kid is in it. Every kid at the school should get to participate in something and not just the older kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2014

DES is an excellent school with excellent staff. We have had nothing but great experiences here. If we have any questions or concerns, they are addressed immediately. The only bad experiences I've encountered ( and we just moved here) is several of the parents do nothing but complain about the administration because the parents seem to want to control the school and do not have our children's best interest at heart. It's really quite sad that this wonderful school is plagued by these negative parents and believe me, I've heard them talk at the bus stop. However you will notice that these hypocrites continue to send their children to DES because it is the best school. Go in and speak to the administration and staff. You will see how truly passionate they are about our children and the school. If you don't like DES, transfer your kids, because I don't want you creating a negative culture for my children! Never have I experienced the cliquey high school mentality of some of these moms, which seem to be the ones complaining about everything. It's not a popularity contest, you're not in high school so get over yourselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Driswood / DES has wonderful teachers and staff. The administration doesn't supply the teachers with the things they need for their classes to include empowerment and supplies. Administration also discourages parental involvement. Parent involvement is not something that is encouraged by the leadership of the school. The children and staff fear the administration. I would not recommend this school to other parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2014

I am a teacher at DES and I resent the comments made by the disgruntled parent who is making incorrect statements about our administration. Our administration supports us and allows us to make the decisions whether or not to have parents come in and volunteer. It's the teachers at DES that are very upset with the PTO and their fanatics. I don't understand if you don't like our school, why don't you take your child to another school instead of bashing ours. You can get a transfer from the Jefferson County website. There are many who want to come to our school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 27, 2014

Driswood is an awesome school with great leadership and staff! The principal is a true instructional leader, who fosters an academic atmosphere.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 26, 2014

Driswood has amazing teachers and staff, however, the leadership at the school leaves something to be desired. Parent involvement is not something that is encouraged by the leadership of the 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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 43% in 2012.

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Social Studies

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 36% in 2012.

85 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
Social Studies

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

75 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
n/a
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.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a

2009

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2012.

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2012.

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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Social Studies

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

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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2009

 
 
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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 Students58%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I58%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities63%

Reading

All Students60%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I60%
Students with disabilities36%
Students without disabilities65%

Science

All Students55%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I55%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities55%

Social Studies

All Students47%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I47%
Students with disabilities0%
Students without disabilities49%
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 Students62%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Title I62%
Students with disabilities67%
Students without disabilities62%

Reading

All Students58%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I58%
Students with disabilities50%
Students without disabilities59%

Science

All Students54%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Title I54%
Students with disabilities42%
Students without disabilities56%

Social Studies

All Students72%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Title I72%
Students with disabilities70%
Students without disabilities73%
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 Students69%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Title I69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities76%

Reading

All Students60%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Title I60%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%

Science

All Students68%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Title I68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities71%

Social Studies

All Students55%
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Title I55%
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 Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a

Reading

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a

Science

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a

Social Studies

All Studentsn/a
Blackn/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
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%
Hispanic 8% 1%
Black 5% 5%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 24%N/A53%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Shenandoah Junction, WV 25442
Phone: (304) 348-6610

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