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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: Southside Elementary School and Washington Early Childhood Center. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the Palestine ISD.

Southside Elementary School has a regular student population of 462 with a 14 students/teacher ratio while Washington Early Childhood Center has 174 students and a student-teacher ratio of 14.5 students/teacher ratio.
Performance Indicators
Southside 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 77 in student achievement, 84 in school progress, and 78 in closing performance gaps. It scored 82 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, Washington Early Childhood Center also garnered a State accountability rating of B. The school posted only 82 overall in post-secondary readiness.
B
Good
  4/5
77
Student Achievement
84
Student Progress
78
Closing Performance Gaps
82
Overall
B
Good
  4/5
Student Achievement
Student Progress
Closing Performance Gaps
82
Overall
Distinction Designations
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.

Southside Elementary School’s three out of seven distinctions are in Mathematics and post-secondary and 25% closing performance gaps. Washington Early Childhood Center did not earn any distinction.
3/7
Based on 2019
77STAAR Data
Read/ELA
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Post-Secondary
Comparative Academic Growth
Comparative Closing the Gaps
0/7
Based on 2019
STAAR Data
Read/ELA
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
Post-Secondary
Comparative Academic Growth
Comparative Closing the Gaps
Student Demographics
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at Southside Elementary School. They make up for 37.88% of student population, followed by Whites or Caucasians (30.09%), African Americans (26.19%), Two or More Races (4.76%) and Asians (1.08%). There is no Native Americans student in the school.

The student population at Washington Early Childhood Center is also predominantly Hispanics at 46.55%, followed by African Americans (35.06%), Whites or Caucasians (14.94%), Two or More Races (2.87%) and Asians (0.57%). There is no Native Americans student in the school.

Based on household incomes, Southside Elementary School’s economically disadvantaged students are significantly higher at 77.49% compared to 100.00% at Washington Early Childhood Center.

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, Southside Elementary School has a slightly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 25.11% of its student population compared to 21.84% at Washington Early Childhood Center.

Southside Elementary School 10.17% are in the special education program, 2.38% are in the gifted and talented program, and bilingual students comprise 21.65% students. Washington Early Childhood Center has no gifted and talented student, while 6.32% are in the special education program, and bilingual students comprise 21.26% students..
Racial/Ethnic Groups
Total Students 462
African American 26.19% (121 students)
Hispanic 37.88% (175 students)
White 30.09% (139 students)
Asian 1.08% (5 students)
Native American 0.00% (0 student)
Two or More Races 4.76% (22 students)
Economically Disadvantaged 77.49% (358 students)
Limited English Proficiency 25.11% (116 students)
Total Students 174
African American 35.06% (61 students)
Hispanic 46.55% (81 students)
White 14.94% (26 students)
Asian 0.57% (1 student)
Native American 0.00% (0 student)
Two or More Races 2.87% (5 students)
Economically Disadvantaged 100.00% (174 students)
Limited English Proficiency 21.84% (38 students)
Program
Bilingual 21.65% (100 students)
Gifted & Talented 2.38% (11 students)
Special Education 10.17% (47 students)
Teacher Student Ratio 3.03% (14 students)
Bilingual 21.26% (37 students)
Gifted & Talented 0.00% (0 student)
Special Education 6.32% (11 students)
Teacher Student Ratio 8.33% (15 students)
Staff Profile
33 teachers employed at Southside Elementary School have been teaching in the school for an average of about 8.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.9 years. The 12 teachers at Washington Early Childhood Center have been serving the school for an average of 9.8 years with individual teaching experience averaging 12.9 years.

Of its teaching staff, Southside Elementary School has seven teachers serving the school for over 20 years, five teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 10 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while eight teachers have worked for 1-5 years, including three beginning teachers. Washington Early Childhood Center has two teachers serving the school for over 20 years, seven teachers have worked for 11-20 years, one teacher only has worked for 6-10 years, no teacher serving the school for 1-5 years, including two beginning teachers.

In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At Southside Elementary School there are 31 female teachers and two male teachers. Of its teaching staff, zero special education teacherhelpping-verb being assisted by 12 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has two staff members in the school administration department and one more working as school support staff.

On the other hand, Washington Early Childhood Center has an all-female teaching staff. Of its teaching staff, there are one special education teacher only and 15 teachers aides or paraprofessionals. The school also employs one staff member only working for the school administration and zero more working as school support staff.
Experience
Over 20 years 21.21% (7 teachers)
10 - 20 years 15.15% (5 teachers)
6 - 10 years 30.30% (10 teachers)
1- 5 years 24.24% (8 teachers)
Beginning Teacher 9.09% (3 teachers)
Teacher Experience Average 11.9 yrs
Teacher Tenure Average 8.6 yrs
Over 20 years 16.67% (2 teachers)
10 - 20 years 58.33% (7 teachers)
6 - 10 years 8.33% (1 teacher)
1- 5 years 0.00% (0 teacher)
Beginning Teacher 16.67% (2 teachers)
Teacher Experience Average 12.9 yrs
Teacher Tenure Average 9.8 yrs
Teacher Type
Female Teachers 93.94% (31 teachers)
Male Teachers 6.06% (2 teachers)
School Admin 2
School Support 1
Edu Aids 12
Special Education 0
Female Teachers 100.00% (12 teachers)
Male Teachers 0.00% (0 teacher)
School Admin 1
School Support 0
Edu Aids 15
Special Education 1

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Compare Southside Elementary School with Nearby Schools

  Name Ratings Distance
Story Intermediate
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  Below Average 
  Below Average 
0.96 miles
Washington Early Childhood Center
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  Good 
  Good 
1.63 miles
Northside Primary School
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  Good 
  Good 
3.35 miles

Compare Washington Early Childhood Center with Nearby Schools

  Name Ratings Distance
Story Intermediate
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  Below Average 
  Below Average 
1.3 miles
Southside Elementary School
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  Good 
  Good 
1.63 miles
Northside Primary School
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  Good 
  Good 
2.55 miles

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