Washington

Summary:

Washington Elementary School is a public school in Springfield, Massachusetts, serving 420 students from pre-kindergarten to 5th grade. The school faces significant challenges, with academic performance well below state averages and a student population that is predominantly Hispanic, in contrast to the state's elementary school demographics.

Washington's academic performance, as measured by MCAS assessments, is concerning. In 2022-2023, only 21.88% of students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to the state average of 42.29%. In mathematics, the proficiency rate was just 22.64%, far below the state's 40.6%. The school's performance varies widely across different student subgroups, with Hispanic and English Language Learner students performing better than their Special Education and Low Socioeconomic Status peers. When compared to nearby schools like White Street and Alice B. Beal Elementary, Washington's academic results are consistently lower.

The racial imbalance in Washington's student population, with a high percentage of Hispanic students and a low percentage of White students, reflects broader demographic trends in the Springfield area. This raises questions about equity and access to quality education for students of color. Despite the school's relatively high per-student spending and low student-teacher ratio, the consistently low academic performance suggests that factors beyond funding and staffing may be contributing to the school's challenges. A more targeted, equity-focused approach may be needed to address the underlying issues and improve educational outcomes for all students at Washington Elementary School.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 141 Washington Street
       Springfield, MA  01108


(413) 787-7551

District: Springfield

SchoolDigger Rank:
764th of 926 Massachusetts Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,041 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  10.4 Help
Number of students:  420

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
65.7%
African American:
16.9%
White:
7.6%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  88.9% Help


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Compare Details Washington ranks worse than 82.5% of elementary schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks 14th among 32 ranked elementary schools in the Springfield School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 18.21. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (65.7%), African American (16.9%), White (7.6%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Washington is 10.4, which is the 13th best among 32 elementary schools in the Springfield School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Washington is $19,041. 18 elementary schools in the Springfield School District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Washington:

SchoolDigger ranks Washington 764th of 926 Massachusetts public elementary schools. (See Washington in the ranking list.)

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Springfield:

SchoolDigger ranks Springfield 329th of 355 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Washington

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Rank History for all students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 2.56 873rd 884 1.2%
2004 2.11 873rd 882 1.0%
2005 3.68 869th 887 2.0%
2006 29.26 687th 911 24.6%
2007 45.40 555th 911 39.1%
2008 53.20 465th 908 48.8%
2009 41.17 590th 909 35.1%
2010 54.70 459th 920 50.1%
2011 15.04 803rd 924 13.1%
2012 12.70 831st 930 10.6%
2013 30.26 694th 928 25.2%
2014 41.71 602nd 926 35.0%
2015 21.48 753rd 914 17.6%
2016 23.51 750th 932 19.5%
2017 18.78 796th 938 15.1%
2018 20.66 778th 934 16.7%
2019 34.36 652nd 942 30.8%
2021 18.89 757th 936 19.1%
2022 16.45 787th 932 15.6%
2023 18.21 764th 928 17.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 55.71 46th 240 80.8%
2023 49.70 85th 264 67.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.13 590th 886 33.4%
2019 56.06 345th 896 61.5%
2021 33.87 614th 894 31.3%
2022 32.46 652nd 905 28.0%
2023 39.75 390th 703 44.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.13 512th 685 25.3%
2019 57.08 266th 700 62.0%
2021 41.93 413th 705 41.4%
2022 36.17 525th 772 32.0%
2023 40.68 465th 757 38.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.12 725th 893 18.8%
2019 32.24 655th 902 27.4%
2021 16.47 754th 898 16.0%
2022 16.06 776th 901 13.9%
2023 24.82 678th 887 23.6%
See the entire list of Best Massachusetts Elementary Schools for Female Students!

Rank History for Disabled students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 21.55 577th 656 12.0%
2019 28.60 491st 665 26.2%
2021 34.93 407th 632 35.6%
2022 43.89 336th 672 50.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 19.73 754th 898 16.0%
2019 36.93 595th 907 34.4%
2021 24.85 682nd 904 24.6%
2022 21.38 734th 908 19.2%
2023 15.22 785th 896 12.4%
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Rank History for Tested In Person students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 17.90 757th 925 18.2%
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Rank History for Tested Remotely students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 33.38 245th 399 38.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 47.03 73rd 166 56.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Washington

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.51 225th 379 40.6%
2019 58.45 133rd 398 66.6%
2021 59.17 101st 379 73.4%
2022 48.95 153rd 401 61.8%
2023 50.10 169th 420 59.8%
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Data source: test scores: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary 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.

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Data source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Enrollment information for Washington

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 266 107 2 51 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1989 237 110 3 55 0 n/a n/a 0 405
1990 193 119 3 79 0 n/a n/a 0 394
1991 176 113 4 91 0 n/a n/a 0 384
1992 121 66 4 229 2 n/a n/a 0 422
1993 129 82 5 205 0 n/a n/a 0 421
1994 148 89 4 193 1 n/a n/a 0 435
1995 137 92 6 198 1 n/a n/a 0 434
1996 137 92 6 198 1 n/a n/a 0 434
1997 124 74 6 213 2 n/a n/a 0 419
1998 123 85 5 216 0 n/a n/a 0 429
1999 117 94 4 250 0 n/a n/a 0 465
2000 120 90 8 254 0 n/a n/a 0 472
2001 95 91 4 261 0 n/a n/a 0 451
2002 63 91 10 229 1 n/a n/a 0 394
2003 63 91 10 229 1 n/a n/a 0 394
2004 47 88 10 225 1 n/a n/a 0 371
2005 48 62 11 199 1 n/a n/a 0 321
2006 44 40 19 149 0 n/a n/a 4 256
2007 43 72 15 164 0 n/a n/a 10 304
2008 71 90 23 241 0 n/a n/a 12 437
2009 56 93 35 238 0 0 11 0 433
2010 46 85 33 253 1 0 20 0 438
2011 48 99 39 290 0 0 22 0 498
2012 47 106 40 286 0 0 12 0 491
2013 44 100 48 279 0 1 11 0 483
2014 49 105 45 290 0 2 11 0 502
2015 51 116 54 307 0 2 12 0 542
2016 53 101 45 293 0 1 15 0 508
2017 49 85 31 253 0 1 15 0 434
2018 48 72 30 252 0 1 14 0 417
2019 47 53 31 278 0 0 11 0 420
2020 47 72 24 235 0 0 14 0 392
2021 45 66 32 251 0 0 20 0 414
2022 31 63 29 245 0 0 18 0 386
2023 32 71 21 276 0 0 20 0 420

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 Washington

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 426 n/a n/a n/a
1989 405 n/a n/a n/a
1990 394 n/a n/a n/a
1991 384 n/a n/a n/a
1992 422 n/a n/a n/a
1993 421 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 435 n/a n/a n/a
1995 434 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 434 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 419 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 429 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 465 n/a 0.0 92
2000 472 n/a 0.0 99.4
2001 451 n/a 0.0 80.3
2002 394 n/a n/a 90.9
2003 394 n/a n/a 90.9
2004 371 34.0 10.9 84.9
2005 321 36.6 8.8 89.4
2006 256 31.6 8.1 91.3
2007 304 34.0 8.9 92.9
2008 437 33.9 12.9 85.4
2009 433 31.5 13.7 83.1
2010 438 40.0 10.9 89.5
2011 498 40.9 12.1 90
2012 491 41.8 11.7 91.4
2013 483 42.8 11.2 95.4
2014 502 43.1 11.6 96.2
2015 542 40.0 13.5 88.9
2016 508 40.0 12.7 n/a
2017 434 40.4 10.7 n/a
2018 417 27.0 15.4 n/a
2019 420 30.0 14.0 n/a
2020 392 35.0 11.2 n/a
2021 414 35.5 11.6 n/a
2022 386 39.4 9.7 n/a
2023 420 40.1 10.4 n/a

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 Washington

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 426 n/a n/a n/a
1989 405 n/a n/a n/a
1990 394 n/a n/a n/a
1991 384 n/a n/a n/a
1992 422 n/a n/a n/a
1993 421 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 435 n/a n/a n/a
1995 434 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 434 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 419 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 429 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 465 n/a 0.0 92
2000 472 n/a 0.0 99.4
2001 451 n/a 0.0 80.3
2002 394 n/a n/a 90.9
2003 394 n/a n/a 90.9
2004 371 34.0 10.9 84.9
2005 321 36.6 8.8 89.4
2006 256 31.6 8.1 91.3
2007 304 34.0 8.9 92.9
2008 437 33.9 12.9 85.4
2009 433 31.5 13.7 83.1
2010 438 40.0 10.9 89.5
2011 498 40.9 12.1 90
2012 491 41.8 11.7 91.4
2013 483 42.8 11.2 95.4
2014 502 43.1 11.6 96.2
2015 542 40.0 13.5 88.9
2016 508 40.0 12.7 n/a
2017 434 40.4 10.7 n/a
2018 417 27.0 15.4 n/a
2019 420 30.0 14.0 n/a
2020 392 35.0 11.2 n/a
2021 414 35.5 11.6 n/a
2022 386 39.4 9.7 n/a
2023 420 40.1 10.4 n/a

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Washington

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,027 (6.4%) $15,053 (93.6%) $16,081
2020 $1,434 (8.1%) $16,326 (91.9%) $17,760
2021 $1,845 (9.7%) $17,195 (90.3%) $19,041

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Washington

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 652nd of 942 Elementary schoolsRanks 764th of 928 Elementary schools
 13.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Washington)6417.5
 46.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Springfield)4125.6
 15.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5643.9
 12.1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Washington)6312.3
 50.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Springfield)3020.7
 9.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4941
 8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)5222.5
 29.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Springfield)3321
 12%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5239.7
 12.3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Washington)2825
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Springfield)2822.9
 5.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4945
 4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Washington)2725.9
 1.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Springfield)3727.6
 9.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5243.8
 8.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Washington)3331.5
 1.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Springfield)3019.8
 10.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.9
 8.2%
5th Grade Science (Washington)3827.8
 10.2%
   5th Grade Science (Springfield)2923.8
 5.2%
   5th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4841.6
 6.4%
All Grades English Language Arts (Washington)4521.9
 23.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Springfield)3021.9
 8.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5242.3
 9.7%
All Grades Mathematics (Washington)3922.6
 16.4%
   All Grades Mathematics (Springfield)2516.3
 8.8%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.6
 8.4%
All Grades Science (Washington)3827.8
 10.2%
   All Grades Science (Springfield)2318.1
 4.9%
   All Grades Science (Massachusetts)4741.2
 5.8%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students420420
African American5371
 34%
American Indian00
Asian3121
 32.3%
Hispanic278276
 0.7%
Pacific Islander00
White4732
 31.9%
Two or More Races1120
 81.8%


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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