Choosing the right middle school for your children can prove to be a daunting task. Middle school is when children start to flex their growing independence. This is a critical transition period for students. As they assert their independence, their responsibilities increase, they attend multiple classes and their academic performance are closely monitored and graded. Schools focus on preparing them for the more rigorous academic grind in high school.
We are making this task easier for you by comparing two above average middle schools: T A Howard Middle School and Asa E Low Jr Intermediate. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the MANSFIELD ISD.
T A Howard Middle 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 74 in student achievement, 81 in school progress and 76 in closing performance gaps. It scored 80 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, Asa E Low Jr Intermediate also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 85 in student achievement, 80 in school progress, 84 in closing performance gaps and 85 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, African Americans comprise the biggest group at T A Howard Middle School. They make up for 41.29% of student population, followed by Hispanics (27.08%), Whites or Caucasians (18.77%), Asians (6.97%), Two or More Races (5.09%) and Native Americans (0.67%).
The student population at Asa E Low Jr Intermediate is also predominantly by Whites or Caucasians at 37.40%, followed by African Americans (28.02%), Hispanics (21.58%), Asians (6.43%), Two or More Races (5.50%) and Native Americans (0.54%).
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, T A Howard Middle School has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 10.19% of its student population compared to 7.24% at Asa E Low Jr Intermediate.
In addition, T A Howard Middle School has 10.19% bilingual students, 7.10% are in the gifted and talented program, while 13.94% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Asa E Low Jr Intermediate with 7.10% bilingual students, 10.32% gifted and talented students and 14.21% students in the special education program.
T A Howard Middle School's 54 teachers have been working at the campus for an average of 7.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 11.7 years. Teachers at Asa E Low Jr Intermediate, numbering 45 teachers, have been serving the school for an average of 10 years with individual teaching experience averaging 14.7 years.
Of its teaching staff, T A Howard Middle School has one teacher only serving the school for over 30 years, has eight teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 15 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, 12 teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 14 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including four beginning teachers. Asa E Low Jr Intermediate no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has nine teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, 23 teachers have worked for 11-20 years, seven teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while six teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, and school has no beginning teacher.
In both schools, female teachers outnumber the male teachers. At T A Howard Middle School there are 36 female teachers and 18 male teachers. Of its teaching staff, nine special education teachers are being assisted by four 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 Asa E Low Jr Intermediate there are 41 female teachers and four male teachers. Of its teaching staff, eight special education teachers are being assisted by five teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has three staff members in the school administration department and six more working as school support staff.
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