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.
We are making this task easier for you by comparing two above average elementary schools: Clark Elementary School and De Zavala Elementary School. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the GOOSE CREEK CISD.
Clark Elementary School has a regular student population of 730 with a 14.7 students/teacher ratio while De Zavala Elementary School has 651 students and a student-teacher ratio of 15.1 students/teacher ratio.
Clark 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 76 in student achievement, 88 in school progress and 76 in closing performance gaps. It scored 84 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, De Zavala Elementary School also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 77 in student achievement, 91 in school progress, 77 in closing performance gaps and 87 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.
De Zavala Elementary School's four out of seven distinctions are in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, post-secondary and 25% closing performance gaps. Clark Elementary School has no distinction.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at Clark Elementary School. They make up for 50.68% of student population, followed by Whites or Caucasians (30.82%), African Americans (13.70%), Two or More Races (2.47%), Asians (1.92%) and Native Americans (0.41%).
At De Zavala Elementary School, Hispanics are the biggest group, comprising 59.14% of student population, followed by African Americans (19.82%), Whites or Caucasians (16.13%), Two or More Races (3.84%), Asians (0.77%) and Native Americans (0.31%).
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, Clark Elementary School has 58 English Language Learners or ELLS or about 7.95% of student population. De Zavala Elementary School has significantly more ELLs at 141 or about 21.66% of student population.
Clark Elementary School’s bilingual students comprise 7.40%, gifted and talented students, 9.73%, while 14.38% are in the special education program. De Zavala Elementary School bilingual students comprise 21.20%, gifted and talented students, 4.92%, and 9.37% are in the special education program.
49 teachers employed at Clark Elementary School have been teaching in the school for an average of about 5 years with individual teaching experience averaging 6.9 years. The 43 teachers at De Zavala Elementary School have been serving the school for an average of 5.7 years with individual teaching experience averaging 8.7 years.
Of its teaching staff, Clark Elementary School no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has five teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, five teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 13 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 21 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including six beginning teachers. De Zavala Elementary School has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has two teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 13 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, six teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 17 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including four beginning teachers.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At Clark Elementary School there are 45 female teachers and three male teachers. Of its teaching staff, nine special education teachers are being assisted by 14 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and four more working as school support staff.
At De Zavala Elementary School there are 39 female teachers and four male teachers. Of its teaching staff, three special education teachers are being assisted by 13 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has four staff members in the school administration department and six more working as school support staff.
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