West Putnam Elementary

Summary:

West Putnam Elementary is a public elementary school in Porterville, California, serving 497 students in grades K-6. The school is part of the Porterville Unified School District, which has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

West Putnam Elementary faces several challenges compared to nearby schools. The school has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (89.54%) and a very high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (91.15%). Its test scores are generally lower than the district and state averages, and the school has experienced a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 5.9% in 2017-2018 to 17.2% in 2022-2023. Additionally, West Putnam Elementary has a relatively high student-teacher ratio of 22.7, compared to the nearby schools, which range from 21.3 to 26.5 students per teacher.

The school's performance, as measured by its statewide ranking and SchoolDigger star rating, has declined over the years, from ranking 2,439 out of 5,377 California elementary schools and a 3-star rating in 2010-2011 to ranking 3,900 out of 5,848 schools and a 2-star rating in 2022-2023. When compared to the nearby schools, such as Belleview Elementary, Westfield Elementary, and William R. Buckley Elementary, West Putnam Elementary generally performs worse on test scores, chronic absenteeism, and overall statewide rankings.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1345 West Putnam Ave.
       Porterville, CA  93257-3043


(559) 782-7280

District: Porterville Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
3916th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $5,758 Help


Students who attend West Putnam Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Sequoia Middle
High:    Monache High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.7 Help
Number of students:  497

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
89.5%
White:
6.0%
Two or more races:
3.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  91.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details West Putnam Elementary ranks worse than 66.7% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 6th among 10 ranked elementary schools in the Porterville Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 29.73. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (89.5%), White (6%), two or more races (3.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 91.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at West Putnam Elementary is 22.7, which is the 3rd best among 10 elementary schools in the Porterville Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at West Putnam Elementary is $5,758, which is the 3rd highest among 10 elementary schools in the Porterville Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

West Putnam Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks West Putnam Elementary 3916th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See West Putnam Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Porterville Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Porterville Unified 901st of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for West Putnam Elementary

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Rank History for all students at West Putnam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 35.94 2882nd 4809 40.1%
2005 40.56 2685th 4822 44.3%
2006 45.44 2413th 4818 49.9%
2007 33.28 3341st 5113 34.7%
2008 44.33 2698th 5113 47.2%
2009 42.13 2932nd 5193 43.5%
2010 48.85 2627th 5314 50.6%
2011 52.67 2439th 5377 54.6%
2012 36.86 3471st 5390 35.6%
2013 32.48 3854th 5530 30.3%
2015 17.45 4885th 5611 12.9%
2016 25.41 4145th 5614 26.2%
2017 19.48 4740th 5692 16.7%
2018 21.97 4509th 5662 20.4%
2019 25.48 4311th 5789 25.5%
2022 22.12 4640th 5883 21.1%
2023 29.73 3916th 5874 33.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at West Putnam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.95 1396th 3246 57.0%
2019 64.88 680th 3275 79.2%
2022 50.70 1162nd 3311 64.9%
2023 64.25 643rd 3250 80.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at West Putnam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.51 3660th 5084 28.0%
2019 37.99 3276th 5173 36.7%
2022 32.30 3642nd 5264 30.8%
2023 40.79 3002nd 5374 44.1%
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Rank History for Migrant students at West Putnam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 82.41 5th 68 92.6%
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Rank History for Female students at West Putnam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 17.88 4710th 5413 13.0%
2019 19.26 4685th 5492 14.7%
2022 22.22 4488th 5635 20.4%
2023 29.42 3827th 5617 31.9%
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Rank History for Male students at West Putnam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.70 3965th 5431 27.0%
2019 33.48 3505th 5510 36.4%
2022 23.50 4369th 5663 22.9%
2023 31.88 3616th 5650 36.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at West Putnam Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.77 3565th 4830 26.2%
2019 33.10 3465th 4963 30.2%
2022 29.56 3741st 5084 26.4%
2023 42.92 2688th 5098 47.3%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

West Putnam Elementary Test Scores
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Enrollment information for West Putnam Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1999 131 9 49 408 4 n/a n/a 1 602
2000 133 8 41 364 2 n/a n/a 0 548
2001 118 7 37 382 9 n/a n/a 0 553
2002 103 1 5 380 7 n/a n/a 24 520
2003 103 1 5 380 7 n/a n/a 24 520
2004 73 2 5 366 2 n/a n/a 70 518
2005 66 4 5 379 0 n/a n/a 66 520
2006 64 3 6 372 3 n/a n/a 58 506
2007 68 1 8 408 4 n/a n/a 38 527
2008 66 6 6 420 3 n/a n/a 0 501
2009 59 1 13 379 1 0 61 0 514
2010 59 1 12 401 1 0 12 0 486
2011 63 3 19 438 4 0 15 0 542
2012 48 2 12 474 1 0 11 0 548
2013 61 4 12 476 0 1 12 0 566
2014 57 2 11 513 2 0 10 0 595
2015 54 2 14 450 3 0 14 0 537
2016 42 1 11 479 3 0 10 0 546
2017 36 1 12 423 1 0 14 0 487
2018 26 2 9 432 2 0 13 0 484
2019 17 0 8 385 0 0 16 0 426
2020 27 0 8 408 2 0 11 0 456
2021 28 0 6 416 1 0 12 0 463
2022 32 0 6 448 2 1 15 0 504
2023 30 1 3 445 2 0 16 0 497

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at West Putnam Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1999 602 33.0 18.2 95
2000 548 32.0 17.1 99.5
2001 553 29.0 19.1 75.8
2002 520 27.2 19.1 94.6
2003 520 27.2 19.1 94.6
2004 518 26.0 19.9 111.8
2005 520 25.8 20.2 109.7
2006 506 27.0 18.7 105.8
2007 527 27.0 19.5 102.7
2008 501 25.0 20.0 99.4
2009 514 25.0 19.8 96.7
2010 486 20.0 24.3 98.8
2011 542 n/a n/a 98
2012 548 21.0 26.0 n/a
2013 566 20.0 28.3 96.8
2014 595 21.0 28.3 98
2015 537 21.0 25.5 97
2016 546 21.0 26.0 93
2017 487 19.0 25.6 91.4
2018 484 18.0 26.8 95
2019 426 16.0 26.6 90.1
2020 456 n/a n/a 97.8
2021 463 19.0 24.3 95.2
2022 504 21.3 23.5 89.7
2023 497 21.8 22.7 91.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio West Putnam Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1999 602 33.0 18.2 95
2000 548 32.0 17.1 99.5
2001 553 29.0 19.1 75.8
2002 520 27.2 19.1 94.6
2003 520 27.2 19.1 94.6
2004 518 26.0 19.9 111.8
2005 520 25.8 20.2 109.7
2006 506 27.0 18.7 105.8
2007 527 27.0 19.5 102.7
2008 501 25.0 20.0 99.4
2009 514 25.0 19.8 96.7
2010 486 20.0 24.3 98.8
2011 542 n/a n/a 98
2012 548 21.0 26.0 n/a
2013 566 20.0 28.3 96.8
2014 595 21.0 28.3 98
2015 537 21.0 25.5 97
2016 546 21.0 26.0 93
2017 487 19.0 25.6 91.4
2018 484 18.0 26.8 95
2019 426 16.0 26.6 90.1
2020 456 n/a n/a 97.8
2021 463 19.0 24.3 95.2
2022 504 21.3 23.5 89.7
2023 497 21.8 22.7 91.1

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

West Putnam Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201297.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%97.0%99.0%
201399.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%100.0%99.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
201493.0%1.0%0.0%6.0%95.0%98.0%98.0%93.0%95.0%
2015100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2016100.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2018≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for West Putnam Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $5,758

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on West Putnam Elementary

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 4311th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 3916th of 5874 Elementary schools
 7.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (West Putnam Elementary)37.728.1
 9.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Porterville Unified)42.530.8
 11.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (West Putnam Elementary)56.640
 16.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Porterville Unified)45.738.1
 7.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (West Putnam Elementary)32.728.1
 4.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Porterville Unified)40.832
 8.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (West Putnam Elementary)29.346.9
 17.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Porterville Unified)3932.7
 6.3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (West Putnam Elementary)30.331.6
 1.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Porterville Unified)40.338.9
 1.3%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (West Putnam Elementary)20.915.8
 5.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Porterville Unified)30.631.4
 0.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (West Putnam Elementary)13.415.8
 2.4%
   5th Grade Science (Porterville Unified)17.619
 1.4%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (West Putnam Elementary)2524.4
 0.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Porterville Unified)37.933
 4.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (West Putnam Elementary)23.418
 5.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Porterville Unified)25.426.9
 1.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students426497
 16.7%
African American01
American Indian02
Asian83
 62.5%
Hispanic385445
 15.6%
Pacific Islander00
White1730
 76.5%
Two or More Races1616
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients90.1%91.1%
 1%


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Frequently Asked Questions about West Putnam Elementary

West Putnam Elementary ranks 3916th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 497 students attended West Putnam Elementary.

Students at West Putnam Elementary are 90% Hispanic, 6% White, 3% Two or more races.

Students who attend West Putnam Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Sequoia Middle
High : Monache High


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