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.
Clark Elementary School has a regular student population of 730 with a 14.7 students/teacher ratio while Stephen F Austin Elementary School has 721 students and a student-teacher ratio of 14.4 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, Stephen F Austin Elementary School earned a State accountability rating of C. The school posted 72 in student achievement, 75 in school progress, 70 in closing performance gaps and 74 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.
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 Stephen F Austin Elementary School, Hispanics are the biggest group, comprising 64.36% of student population, followed by Whites or Caucasians (25.38%), African Americans (7.91%), Two or More Races (1.80%) and Asians (0.42%). There is no Native Americans student in the school.
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. Stephen F Austin Elementary School has significantly more ELLs at 223 or about 30.93% of student population.
In addition, Clark Elementary School has 7.40% bilingual students, 9.73% are in the gifted and talented program, while 14.38% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Stephen F Austin Elementary School with 29.82% bilingual students, 13.04% gifted and talented students and 12.34% students 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 50 teachers at Stephen F Austin Elementary School have been serving the school for an average of 10.3 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.7 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. Stephen F Austin Elementary School has four teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has six teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, seven teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 17 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 13 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including three 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 Stephen F Austin Elementary School there are 48 female teachers and two male teachers. Of its teaching staff, five 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 six more working as school support staff.
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