Choosing the best possible elementary school is critical to a child’s foundational development. In Texas, public school districts adopt curriculum standards set by the State Board of Education. The current standards, called Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, outline what students should be able to learn and do in each course or grade. The curriculum is structured around the fundamentals of mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, music and reading.
Alamo Elementary School has a regular student population of 727 with a 13.8 students/teacher ratio while Lamar Elementary School has 630 students and a student-teacher ratio of 13.7 students/teacher ratio.
Alamo Elementary School earned a State accountability rating of B (80-89) based on three domains: student achievement, school progress and closing the gaps. Scores are scaled from 0 to 100 to align with letter grades. The school scored 79 in student achievement, 90 in school progress and 88 in closing performance gaps. It scored 89 overall in post-secondary readiness, a broad term that refers to student preparedness to undertake multiple pathways after graduation, or specifically, their preparedness for college education.
On the other hand, Lamar Elementary School performed excellent to earn a State accountability rating of A. The school posted 76 in student achievement, 91 in school progress, 87 in closing performance gaps and 90 overall in post-secondary readiness.
A distinction designation acknowledges districts and campuses for outstanding achievement based on the outcomes of several performance indicators. Distinction designations are awarded for achievement in several areas and are based on performance relative to a group of campuses of similar type, size, grade span, and student demographics.
It is in this area where the two schools differ. Alamo Elementary School’s four out of seven distinctions are in Science, post-secondary, with 25% student progress and 25% closing performance gaps. Lamar Elementary School's five out of seven distinctions are in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, post-secondary, with 25% student progress and 25% closing performance gaps.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at Alamo Elementary School. They make up for 61.07% of student population, followed by African Americans (18.98%), Whites or Caucasians (12.24%), Two or More Races (4.40%), Asians (2.75%) and Native Americans (0.55%).
At Lamar Elementary School, Hispanics make up 73.97% of student population, followed by African Americans (15.87%), Whites or Caucasians (6.98%), Two or More Races (2.22%), Native Americans (0.63%) and Asians (0.16%).
In terms of Limited English Proficiency (LEP), a term used in the United States that refers to a person who is not fluent in the English Language, mainly because it is not their native language, Alamo Elementary School has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 30.67% of its student population compared to 31.27% at Lamar Elementary School.
Alamo Elementary School’s bilingual students comprise 30.81%, gifted and talented students, 7.43%, while 8.25% are in the special education program. Lamar Elementary School bilingual students comprise 30.48%, gifted and talented students, 4.13%, and 10.16% are in the special education program.
52 teachers employed at Alamo Elementary School have been teaching in the school for an average of about 9.1 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.1 years. The 46 teachers at Lamar Elementary School have been serving the school for an average of 7.5 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.7 years.
Of its teaching staff, Alamo Elementary School has two teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has four teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 19 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 18 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while nine teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including one beginning teacher only. Lamar Elementary School no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has five teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 19 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 13 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while seven teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including two beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At Alamo Elementary School there are 49 female teachers and three male teachers. Of its teaching staff, five special education teachers are being assisted by 21 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and four more working as school support staff.
At Lamar Elementary School there are 45 female teachers and one male teacher only. Of its teaching staff, three special education teachers are being assisted by 17 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and seven more working as school support staff.
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