Norrback Avenue

Summary:

Norrback Avenue is an elementary school in Worcester, Massachusetts, serving 507 students from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade. The school has a diverse student population, with a racial breakdown that is more diverse than some nearby schools like Lincoln Street and Nelson Place.

Academically, Norrback Avenue faces significant challenges. The school's performance on MCAS tests is consistently lower than the Worcester district and Massachusetts state averages, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics around 20-30 percentage points below the state. Norrback Avenue has ranked in the bottom quarter of Massachusetts elementary schools over the past 10 years and maintains a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger, indicating it is among the lowest-performing schools in the state.

When compared to other nearby schools, Norrback Avenue generally performs worse academically. For example, Worcester Arts Magnet School and Leroy E. Mayo have higher MCAS proficiency rates and better overall rankings than Norrback Avenue. The school's relatively stronger performance for African American and English Language Learner students suggests that it may have some effective practices in place for these subgroups, which could potentially be scaled to benefit the school's overall academic performance.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 44 Malden Street
       Worcester, MA  01606-2009


(508) 799-3500

District: Worcester

SchoolDigger Rank:
767th of 926 Massachusetts Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $18,792 Help


Students who attend Norrback Avenue usually attend:

Middle:    Burncoat Middle School
High:    Burncoat Senior High
    University Pk Campus School

Student/teacher ratio:  11.8 Help
Number of students:  507

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
32.7%
White:
32.1%
African American:
27.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  57.4% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Norrback Avenue ranks worse than 82.8% of elementary schools in Massachusetts. It also ranks 21st among 32 ranked elementary schools in the Worcester School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 17.98. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Norrback Avenue is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (32.7%), White (32.1%), African American (27.8%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Norrback Avenue is 11.8, which is the 7th best among 32 elementary schools in the Worcester School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Norrback Avenue is $18,792, which is the 6th highest among 32 elementary schools in the Worcester School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Norrback Avenue:

SchoolDigger ranks Norrback Avenue 767th of 926 Massachusetts public elementary schools. (See Norrback Avenue in the ranking list.)

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Worcester:

SchoolDigger ranks Worcester 299th of 355 Massachusetts school districts. (See district ranking list.)

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Rank History for Norrback Avenue

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Rank History for all students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 22.52 706th 884 20.1%
2004 17.33 740th 882 16.1%
2005 15.98 763rd 887 14.0%
2006 16.38 792nd 911 13.1%
2007 21.37 751st 911 17.6%
2008 11.17 827th 908 8.9%
2009 13.32 814th 909 10.5%
2010 15.33 808th 920 12.2%
2011 17.73 783rd 924 15.3%
2012 21.37 749th 930 19.5%
2013 17.08 793rd 928 14.5%
2014 31.45 684th 926 26.1%
2015 28.39 698th 914 23.6%
2016 20.51 783rd 932 16.0%
2017 29.27 699th 938 25.5%
2018 31.47 672nd 934 28.1%
2019 28.86 712th 942 24.4%
2021 22.11 727th 936 22.3%
2022 19.18 762nd 932 18.2%
2023 17.98 767th 928 17.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.85 154th 244 36.9%
2019 29.79 193rd 258 25.2%
2021 44.47 99th 240 58.8%
2022 38.15 156th 267 41.6%
2023 29.32 225th 264 14.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.97 572nd 886 35.4%
2019 30.23 689th 896 23.1%
2021 28.80 675th 894 24.5%
2022 23.58 761st 905 15.9%
2023 24.01 571st 703 18.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 34.92 503rd 685 26.6%
2019 28.91 555th 700 20.7%
2021 28.07 551st 705 21.8%
2022 20.96 675th 772 12.6%
2023 23.35 641st 757 15.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.80 597th 893 33.1%
2019 31.87 658th 902 27.1%
2021 24.67 684th 898 23.8%
2022 26.59 667th 901 26.0%
2023 25.62 669th 887 24.6%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.17 608th 656 7.3%
2019 18.38 613th 665 7.8%
2021 21.91 537th 632 15.0%
2022 25.80 527th 672 21.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 29.12 672nd 898 25.2%
2019 27.67 703rd 907 22.5%
2021 22.39 702nd 904 22.3%
2022 15.97 786th 908 13.4%
2023 15.27 782nd 896 12.7%
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Rank History for Tested In Person students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 23.35 708th 925 23.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 64.25 41st 174 76.4%
2019 65.48 45th 172 73.8%
2021 43.54 80th 166 51.8%
2022 32.90 121st 173 30.1%
2023 24.64 140th 167 16.2%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.89 197th 379 48.0%
2019 17.75 372nd 398 6.5%
2021 28.62 293rd 379 22.7%
2022 24.98 344th 401 14.2%
2023 34.27 288th 420 31.4%
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Rank History for White students at Norrback Avenue

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools MA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.86 623rd 772 19.3%
2019 28.79 615th 780 21.2%
2021 22.85 650th 765 15.0%
2022 21.60 654th 764 14.4%
2023 20.39 657th 762 13.8%
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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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Enrollment information for Norrback Avenue

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 169 8 4 9 0 n/a n/a 0 190
1989 175 10 7 42 0 n/a n/a 0 234
1990 180 12 9 31 0 n/a n/a 0 232
1991 165 21 11 51 0 n/a n/a 0 248
1992 171 17 14 44 0 n/a n/a 0 246
1993 138 20 12 47 0 n/a n/a 0 217
1994 157 20 10 56 0 n/a n/a 0 243
1995 129 31 7 66 0 n/a n/a 0 233
1996 129 31 7 66 0 n/a n/a 0 233
1997 137 29 3 51 0 n/a n/a 0 220
1998 104 23 2 50 0 n/a n/a 0 179
1999 111 23 2 46 0 n/a n/a 0 182
2000 298 46 10 120 1 n/a n/a 0 475
2001 314 71 13 158 1 n/a n/a 0 557
2002 320 71 18 191 1 n/a n/a 0 601
2003 320 71 18 191 1 n/a n/a 0 601
2004 333 70 28 214 3 n/a n/a 0 648
2005 318 71 43 181 3 n/a n/a 0 616
2006 325 71 35 186 4 n/a n/a 5 626
2007 316 73 36 191 2 n/a n/a 11 629
2008 300 74 36 182 1 n/a n/a 9 602
2009 298 68 37 177 0 0 15 0 595
2010 307 83 35 173 0 0 18 0 616
2011 305 87 45 156 0 0 17 0 610
2012 318 84 38 153 0 0 19 0 612
2013 324 84 33 154 0 0 19 0 614
2014 291 96 31 138 1 0 19 0 576
2015 293 98 27 137 0 0 29 0 584
2016 259 112 30 146 0 0 31 0 578
2017 230 122 29 161 0 0 24 0 566
2018 222 139 19 158 0 0 26 0 564
2019 213 139 25 172 0 0 30 0 579
2020 189 148 26 176 0 0 24 0 563
2021 172 138 20 159 1 0 28 0 518
2022 155 138 16 178 1 0 27 0 515
2023 163 141 13 166 2 0 22 0 507

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 Norrback Avenue

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 190 n/a n/a n/a
1989 234 n/a n/a n/a
1990 232 n/a n/a n/a
1991 248 n/a n/a n/a
1992 246 n/a n/a n/a
1993 217 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 243 n/a n/a n/a
1995 233 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 233 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 220 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 179 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 182 n/a 0.0 44
2000 475 n/a 0.0 51.6
2001 557 n/a 0.0 51.2
2002 601 n/a n/a 50.4
2003 601 n/a n/a 50.4
2004 648 53.6 12.1 52.9
2005 616 48.0 12.8 51.5
2006 626 49.0 12.8 53.6
2007 629 48.0 13.1 55.5
2008 602 40.7 14.8 52.4
2009 595 41.9 14.2 52.9
2010 616 40.9 15.0 55.8
2011 610 35.1 17.3 52.6
2012 612 39.7 15.3 52.8
2013 614 33.7 18.1 51.5
2014 576 30.0 19.1 53
2015 584 37.0 15.7 57.4
2016 578 37.0 15.6 n/a
2017 566 38.4 14.7 n/a
2018 564 36.9 15.2 n/a
2019 579 40.8 14.1 n/a
2020 563 38.5 14.6 n/a
2021 518 40.4 12.8 n/a
2022 515 43.6 11.8 n/a
2023 507 42.7 11.8 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 Norrback Avenue

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 190 n/a n/a n/a
1989 234 n/a n/a n/a
1990 232 n/a n/a n/a
1991 248 n/a n/a n/a
1992 246 n/a n/a n/a
1993 217 n/a 0.0 n/a
1994 243 n/a n/a n/a
1995 233 n/a 0.0 n/a
1996 233 n/a 0.0 n/a
1997 220 n/a 0.0 n/a
1998 179 n/a 0.0 n/a
1999 182 n/a 0.0 44
2000 475 n/a 0.0 51.6
2001 557 n/a 0.0 51.2
2002 601 n/a n/a 50.4
2003 601 n/a n/a 50.4
2004 648 53.6 12.1 52.9
2005 616 48.0 12.8 51.5
2006 626 49.0 12.8 53.6
2007 629 48.0 13.1 55.5
2008 602 40.7 14.8 52.4
2009 595 41.9 14.2 52.9
2010 616 40.9 15.0 55.8
2011 610 35.1 17.3 52.6
2012 612 39.7 15.3 52.8
2013 614 33.7 18.1 51.5
2014 576 30.0 19.1 53
2015 584 37.0 15.7 57.4
2016 578 37.0 15.6 n/a
2017 566 38.4 14.7 n/a
2018 564 36.9 15.2 n/a
2019 579 40.8 14.1 n/a
2020 563 38.5 14.6 n/a
2021 518 40.4 12.8 n/a
2022 515 43.6 11.8 n/a
2023 507 42.7 11.8 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 Norrback Avenue

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,761 (11.4%) $13,721 (88.6%) $15,482
2020 $1,298 (7.6%) $15,842 (92.4%) $17,140
2021 $1,681 (8.9%) $17,112 (91.1%) $18,792

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Norrback Avenue

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 712th of 942 Elementary schoolsRanks 767th of 928 Elementary schools
 7.1%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Norrback Avenue)2812.3
 15.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Worcester)3824.8
 13.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5643.9
 12.1%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Norrback Avenue)2012.3
 7.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Worcester)3026.3
 3.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4941
 8%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Norrback Avenue)5419.5
 34.5%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Worcester)3722.6
 14.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5239.7
 12.3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Norrback Avenue)3714.3
 22.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Worcester)3224.2
 7.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4945
 4%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Norrback Avenue)4830
 18%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Worcester)3931.9
 7.1%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5243.8
 8.2%
5th Grade Mathematics (Norrback Avenue)3821.7
 16.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Worcester)3326.9
 6.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.9
 8.2%
5th Grade Science (Norrback Avenue)2928.3
 0.7%
   5th Grade Science (Worcester)3125.7
 5.3%
   5th Grade Science (Massachusetts)4841.6
 6.4%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Norrback Avenue)4834
 14%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Worcester)4532.2
 12.8%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5442.3
 11.7%
6th Grade Mathematics (Norrback Avenue)4831.4
 16.6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Worcester)4329
 14%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Massachusetts)5141
 10%
All Grades English Language Arts (Norrback Avenue)4522.7
 22.3%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Worcester)3726.9
 10.1%
   All Grades English Language Arts (Massachusetts)5242.3
 9.7%
All Grades Mathematics (Norrback Avenue)3518.8
 16.2%
   All Grades Mathematics (Worcester)3124.1
 6.9%
   All Grades Mathematics (Massachusetts)4940.6
 8.4%
All Grades Science (Norrback Avenue)2928.3
 0.7%
   All Grades Science (Worcester)2724.7
 2.3%
   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 Students579507
 12.4%
African American139141
 1.4%
American Indian02
Asian2513
 48%
Hispanic172166
 3.5%
Pacific Islander00
White213163
 23.5%
Two or More Races3022
 26.7%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Norrback Avenue

Norrback Avenue ranks in the bottom 17.2% of Massachusetts elementary schools.

Students who attend Norrback Avenue usually go on to attend:

Middle : Burncoat Middle School
High : Burncoat Senior High
High : University Pk Campus School

Students at Norrback Avenue are 33% Hispanic, 32% White, 28% African American, 4% Two or more races, 3% Asian.

In the 2022-23 school year, 507 students attended Norrback Avenue.


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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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