Big Otter Elementary School

Summary:

Big Otter Elementary School is a public elementary school located in Duck, West Virginia, serving grades PK-5 with a student population of 196 and is part of the Clay County Schools district.

Big Otter Elementary School has a significantly higher percentage of white students compared to the surrounding schools, ranging from 96.94% to 100% over the past 3 years. The school's academic performance has been mixed, with some areas of strength, such as outperforming the state and district in 3rd and 4th grade math and 4th grade ELA, but lagging behind in 5th grade math and science. The school's statewide ranking has fluctuated over the years, ranging from 16th out of 408 schools in 2014-2015 to 217th out of 380 schools in 2020-2021, indicating inconsistent performance compared to other elementary schools in West Virginia. While the school generally performs better than other schools in the Clay County Schools district, it lags behind some of the higher-performing schools in the Braxton County and Roane County school districts, such as Sutton Elementary and Geary Elementary/Middle School.

The school's declining statewide ranking and SchoolDigger star rating, from a high of 5 stars in 2014-2015 to 2 stars in 2020-2021, suggest that the school's academic performance may be trending downward. Additionally, the school's performance for its disabled student population ranked 153 out of 154 West Virginia elementary schools in 2021-2022, indicating a need for improvement in supporting students with disabilities. However, the school has consistently ranked among the top schools in the state for the performance of its homeless student population, demonstrating its effectiveness in supporting this vulnerable group.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 59 Ossia Rd
       Duck, WV  25063-8500


(304) 286-3111

District: Clay County Schools

SchoolDigger Rank:
144th of 368 West Virginia Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $12,419 Help


Students who attend Big Otter Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Clay Middle School
High:    Clay County High School

Student/teacher ratio:  15.1 Help
Number of students:  196

Racial breakdown:

White:
96.9%
Two or more races:
2.0%
Hispanic:
1.0%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  58.7% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Big Otter Elementary School ranks better than 60.9% of elementary schools in West Virginia. It also ranks first among 3 ranked elementary schools in the Clay County Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 55.9. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (96.9%), two or more races (2%), Hispanic (1%). (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Big Otter Elementary School is 15.1, which is the highest among 4 elementary schools in the Clay County Schools District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Big Otter Elementary School is $12,419. 2 elementary schools in the Clay County Schools District spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Big Otter Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Big Otter Elementary School 144th of 368 West Virginia public elementary schools. (See Big Otter Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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White students:


Clay County Schools:

SchoolDigger ranks Clay County Schools 38th of 55 West Virginia school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Big Otter Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Big Otter Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 47.49 234th 420 44.3%
2010 66.72 96th 427 77.5%
2011 75.07 54th 426 87.3%
2012 65.36 101st 426 76.3%
2013 66.44 96th 428 77.6%
2014 69.18 82nd 422 80.6%
2015 91.21 16th 408 96.1%
2016 72.88 73rd 402 81.8%
2017 64.94 117th 399 70.7%
2018 67.76 108th 392 72.4%
2019 64.82 110th 383 71.3%
2021 42.04 217th 380 42.9%
2022 50.22 168th 375 55.2%
2023 55.90 144th 368 60.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Big Otter Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 52.00 134th 377 64.5%
2018 56.40 88th 258 65.9%
2019 47.81 78th 185 57.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Big Otter Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 69.62 84th 382 78.0%
2018 74.19 54th 368 85.3%
2021 45.23 187th 335 44.2%
2022 51.91 153rd 347 55.9%
2023 53.28 139th 333 58.3%
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Rank History for Homeless students at Big Otter Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 68.39 3rd 16 81.3%
2023 74.17 4th 21 81.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Big Otter Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 43.79 235th 381 38.3%
2018 41.39 230th 366 37.2%
2019 37.81 228th 339 32.7%
2021 47.74 152nd 322 52.8%
2022 57.61 118th 325 63.7%
2023 44.61 177th 317 44.2%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Big Otter Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 14.81 153rd 154 0.6%
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Rank History for Male students at Big Otter Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 78.79 46th 382 88.0%
2018 83.35 33rd 364 90.9%
2019 83.77 29th 338 91.4%
2021 45.63 177th 333 46.8%
2022 39.51 203rd 330 38.5%
2023 43.18 179th 322 44.4%
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Rank History for White students at Big Otter Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools WV State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 63.29 118th 382 69.1%
2018 66.59 109th 374 70.9%
2019 63.86 116th 373 68.9%
2021 40.87 219th 376 41.8%
2022 50.06 168th 373 55.0%
2023 51.97 158th 366 56.8%
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Data source: test scores: West Virginia 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: West Virginia Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Big Otter Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 266 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 266
2009 254 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 254
2010 251 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 251
2011 242 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 242
2012 226 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 226
2013 247 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 247
2014 261 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 262
2015 250 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 251
2016 250 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 251
2017 249 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 250
2018 260 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 261
2019 241 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 242
2020 229 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 230
2021 208 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 208
2022 191 0 0 2 0 0 3 0 196
2023 190 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 196

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 Big Otter Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 266 17.8 14.9 71.8
2009 254 16.8 15.1 74.8
2010 251 19.0 13.2 71.3
2011 242 21.7 11.1 72.3
2012 226 19.8 11.4 67.7
2013 247 18.9 13.0 54.3
2014 262 18.9 13.8 n/a
2015 251 17.0 14.7 58.2
2016 251 17.0 14.7 57.8
2017 250 16.9 14.7 58.4
2018 261 18.9 13.8 67.8
2019 242 17.9 13.5 67.4
2020 230 15.9 14.4 70.9
2021 208 15.9 13.0 58.7
2022 196 15.9 12.3 n/a
2023 196 12.9 15.1 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 Big Otter Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 266 17.8 14.9 71.8
2009 254 16.8 15.1 74.8
2010 251 19.0 13.2 71.3
2011 242 21.7 11.1 72.3
2012 226 19.8 11.4 67.7
2013 247 18.9 13.0 54.3
2014 262 18.9 13.8 n/a
2015 251 17.0 14.7 58.2
2016 251 17.0 14.7 57.8
2017 250 16.9 14.7 58.4
2018 261 18.9 13.8 67.8
2019 242 17.9 13.5 67.4
2020 230 15.9 14.4 70.9
2021 208 15.9 13.0 58.7
2022 196 15.9 12.3 n/a
2023 196 12.9 15.1 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 Big Otter Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,895 (15.3%) $10,524 (84.7%) $12,419

Data source: West Virginia Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Big Otter Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 110th of 383 Elementary schoolsRanks 144th of 368 Elementary schools
 10.4%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Big Otter Elementary School)51.352.6
 1.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Clay County Schools)47.250.7
 3.5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)50.951.6
 0.7%
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Big Otter Elementary School)43.647.4
 3.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Clay County Schools)5040
 10%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)4439.9
 4.1%
4th Grade Mathematics (Big Otter Elementary School)66.760.9
 5.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Clay County Schools)45.543
 2.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)47.345.7
 1.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Big Otter Elementary School)63.956.5
 7.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Clay County Schools)50.436.6
 13.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)48.844.2
 4.5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Big Otter Elementary School)38.937.5
 1.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Clay County Schools)37.631
 6.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (West Virginia)4038.1
 1.9%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Big Otter Elementary School)61.141.7
 19.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Clay County Schools)51.942.5
 9.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (West Virginia)47.244.3
 2.9%
5th Grade Science (Big Otter Elementary School)38.920.8
 18.1%
   5th Grade Science (Clay County Schools)42.129.9
 12.2%
   5th Grade Science (West Virginia)35.430.8
 4.6%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students242196
 19%
African American00
American Indian00
Asian10
 100%
Hispanic02
Pacific Islander00
White241190
 21.2%
Two or More Races04


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Students at Big Otter Elementary School are 97% White, 2% Two or more races, 1% Hispanic.

Big Otter Elementary School ranks 144th of 368 West Virginia elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Big Otter Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Clay Middle School
High : Clay County High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 196 students attended Big Otter Elementary School.


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

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