Palmer Elementary School

Summary:

Palmer Elementary School is a public elementary school serving grades PK-6 in Palmer, Nebraska, with a student population of 208. The school is part of the Palmer Public Schools district, which is ranked 115 out of 212 districts in Nebraska and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Palmer Elementary School has a significantly higher percentage of white students (91.35%) compared to the surrounding schools, which have more diverse student populations. The school's test scores in English Language Arts and Mathematics are generally on par with or slightly below the state averages, but they are significantly higher than the scores of the nearby Knickrehm Elementary School, which serves a more diverse student population. Additionally, Palmer Elementary School has a relatively high percentage of students (57.69%) receiving free or reduced-price lunch, which is higher than the state average and indicates a higher proportion of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite the relatively high spending per student at Palmer Elementary School (approximately $14,580), the school's overall performance, as measured by statewide rankings and test scores, is only average.

Over the past several years, Palmer Elementary School's statewide ranking has steadily declined, from a high of 66 out of 452 Nebraska elementary schools in 2018-2019 to a low of 331 out of 459 in 2022-2023, suggesting that the school's performance may be declining relative to other schools in the state. However, the school's performance for specific student subgroups, such as female students and low-socioeconomic status students, is relatively strong, ranking in the top 25% of Nebraska elementary schools in these categories. This raises questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of the school's resource allocation and teaching practices, as the high spending per student does not seem to be translating into consistently strong academic outcomes for the overall student population.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-6

 202 Commercial St
       Palmer, NE  68864-0248


(308) 894-3065

District: Palmer Public Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
331st of 459 Nebraska Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $14,580 Help


Students who attend Palmer Elementary School usually attend:

High:    Palmer Junior-Senior High

Student/teacher ratio:  15.1 Help
Number of students:  208

Racial breakdown:

White:
91.3%
Hispanic:
7.2%
Two or more races:
1.4%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  57.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Palmer Elementary School ranks worse than 72.1% of elementary schools in Nebraska. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 35.39. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (91.3%), Hispanic (7.2%), two or more races (1.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 57.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Palmer Elementary School is 15.1. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Palmer Elementary School is $14,580.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Palmer Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Palmer Elementary School 331st of 459 Nebraska public elementary schools. (See Palmer Elementary School in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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White students:


Palmer Public Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Palmer Public Schools 115th of 212 Nebraska school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Palmer Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Palmer Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 26.65 351st 418 16.0%
2007 27.72 368th 430 14.4%
2008 50.62 313th 478 34.5%
2009 58.24 221st 471 53.1%
2010 36.90 392nd 502 21.9%
2011 38.06 323rd 473 31.7%
2012 33.61 357th 480 25.6%
2013 12.30 457th 485 5.8%
2014 17.19 435th 483 9.9%
2015 21.67 416th 488 14.8%
2016 32.10 366th 480 23.8%
2017 55.09 211th 459 54.0%
2018 67.52 126th 450 72.0%
2019 80.66 66th 452 85.4%
2021 54.02 204th 442 53.8%
2022 51.36 233rd 457 49.0%
2023 35.39 331st 459 27.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Palmer Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 74.97 37th 264 86.0%
2023 67.59 82nd 312 73.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Palmer Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 57.46 123rd 318 61.3%
2022 55.16 143rd 337 57.6%
2023 41.07 210th 349 39.8%
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Rank History for Male students at Palmer Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 62.21 127th 367 65.4%
2021 52.12 160th 328 51.2%
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Rank History for White students at Palmer Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools NE State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.89 159th 391 59.3%
2019 68.10 103rd 391 73.7%
2021 32.89 275th 368 25.3%
2022 39.43 244th 388 37.1%
2023 22.11 329th 385 14.5%
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Data source: test scores: Nebraska 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.

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Data source: Nebraska Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Palmer Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 98 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 98
1989 101 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 103
1990 118 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 120
1991 114 0 2 2 0 n/a n/a 0 118
1992 116 0 1 2 0 n/a n/a 0 119
1993 125 0 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 127
1994 127 0 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 128
1995 137 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 137
1996 137 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 137
1997 124 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 125
1998 120 0 0 1 0 n/a n/a 0 121
1999 121 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 123
2000 109 0 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 111
2001 117 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 124
2002 111 0 0 8 0 n/a n/a 0 119
2003 111 0 0 8 0 n/a n/a 0 119
2004 104 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 111
2005 94 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 101
2006 95 0 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 99
2007 105 0 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 110
2008 101 0 1 7 0 n/a n/a 0 109
2009 121 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 128
2010 119 0 0 7 0 n/a n/a 0 126
2011 118 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 127
2012 134 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 141
2013 135 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 142
2014 145 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 153
2015 157 1 0 7 0 0 0 0 165
2016 156 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 163
2017 143 1 0 6 0 0 0 0 150
2018 160 2 0 5 0 0 1 0 168
2019 170 1 0 11 0 0 1 0 183
2020 184 0 0 10 0 0 3 0 197
2021 191 0 0 11 0 0 3 0 205
2022 194 0 0 11 0 0 3 0 208
2023 190 0 0 15 0 0 3 0 208

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 Palmer Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 98 8.3 11.8 17.3
1989 103 7.6 13.5 18.4
1990 120 8.1 14.8 24.2
1991 118 8.2 14.3 26.3
1992 119 8.7 13.6 18.5
1993 127 8.7 14.6 20.5
1994 128 9.2 13.9 19.5
1995 137 10.3 13.3 0
1996 137 10.3 13.3 0
1997 125 9.4 13.3 25.6
1998 121 9.3 13.0 19.8
1999 123 9.3 13.2 36.6
2000 111 9.3 11.9 27.9
2001 124 9.5 13.1 34.7
2002 119 9.6 12.4 34.5
2003 119 9.6 12.4 34.5
2004 111 9.6 11.6 35.1
2005 101 9.6 10.5 32.7
2006 99 8.8 11.3 37.4
2007 110 9.2 12.0 28.2
2008 109 8.1 13.5 39.4
2009 128 10.8 11.9 38.3
2010 126 8.9 14.0 57.1
2011 127 9.5 13.3 43.3
2012 141 9.3 15.0 44
2013 142 11.8 11.9 40.1
2014 153 11.0 13.9 45.1
2015 165 12.0 13.7 45.5
2016 163 12.0 13.5 51.5
2017 150 12.0 12.4 48.7
2018 168 11.8 14.1 41.1
2019 183 12.6 14.4 45.4
2020 197 12.2 16.0 49.2
2021 205 14.1 14.5 43.4
2022 208 14.5 14.3 40.9
2023 208 13.6 15.1 57.7

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 Palmer Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 98 8.3 11.8 17.3
1989 103 7.6 13.5 18.4
1990 120 8.1 14.8 24.2
1991 118 8.2 14.3 26.3
1992 119 8.7 13.6 18.5
1993 127 8.7 14.6 20.5
1994 128 9.2 13.9 19.5
1995 137 10.3 13.3 0
1996 137 10.3 13.3 0
1997 125 9.4 13.3 25.6
1998 121 9.3 13.0 19.8
1999 123 9.3 13.2 36.6
2000 111 9.3 11.9 27.9
2001 124 9.5 13.1 34.7
2002 119 9.6 12.4 34.5
2003 119 9.6 12.4 34.5
2004 111 9.6 11.6 35.1
2005 101 9.6 10.5 32.7
2006 99 8.8 11.3 37.4
2007 110 9.2 12.0 28.2
2008 109 8.1 13.5 39.4
2009 128 10.8 11.9 38.3
2010 126 8.9 14.0 57.1
2011 127 9.5 13.3 43.3
2012 141 9.3 15.0 44
2013 142 11.8 11.9 40.1
2014 153 11.0 13.9 45.1
2015 165 12.0 13.7 45.5
2016 163 12.0 13.5 51.5
2017 150 12.0 12.4 48.7
2018 168 11.8 14.1 41.1
2019 183 12.6 14.4 45.4
2020 197 12.2 16.0 49.2
2021 205 14.1 14.5 43.4
2022 208 14.5 14.3 40.9
2023 208 13.6 15.1 57.7

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Palmer Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $430 (3.0%) $12,362 (86.8%) $14,240
2020 $590 (4.3%) $11,902 (86.0%) $13,845
2021 $809 (5.8%) $11,676 (83.7%) $13,948
2022 $1,590 (11.0%) $11,429 (78.8%) $14,495
2023 $828 (5.7%) $11,131 (76.3%) $14,580

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Palmer Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 66th of 452 Elementary schoolsRanks 331st of 459 Elementary schools
 57.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Elementary School)7252
 20%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Public Schools)7252
 20%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5663
 7%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Elementary School)6555
 10%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Public Schools)6555
 10%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)5855
 3%
4th Grade Mathematics (Palmer Elementary School)6545
 20%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Palmer Public Schools)6545
 20%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5158
 7%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Elementary School)6145
 16%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Public Schools)6145
 16%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4856
 8%
6th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Elementary School)7960
 19%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Palmer Public Schools)7960
 19%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Nebraska)4955
 6%
6th Grade Mathematics (Palmer Elementary School)7465
 9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Palmer Public Schools)7465
 9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Nebraska)5557
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students183208
 13.7%
African American10
 100%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic1115
 36.4%
Pacific Islander00
White170190
 11.8%
Two or More Races13
 200%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients45.4%57.7%
 12.3%


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Palmer Elementary School ranks 331st of 459 Nebraska elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students who attend Palmer Elementary School usually go on to attend:

High : Palmer Junior-Senior High

In the 2022-23 school year, 208 students attended Palmer Elementary School.

Students at Palmer Elementary School are 91% White, 7% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races.


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

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