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: Ware Elementary School and Johnston-McQueen Elementary School. We compiled relevant data for you to be able to make an informed decision. Both schools are under the jurisdiction of the LONGVIEW ISD.
Ware Elementary School has a regular student population of 478 with a 16.3 students/teacher ratio while Johnston-McQueen Elementary School has 459 students and a student-teacher ratio of 11.4 students/teacher ratio.
Ware 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 70 in student achievement, 85 in school progress and 78 in closing performance gaps. It scored 83 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, Johnston-McQueen Elementary School also earned a State accountability rating of B. The school posted 75 in student achievement, 83 in school progress, 76 in closing performance gaps and 81 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. Ware Elementary School’s two out of seven distinctions are in Mathematics and Science. Johnston-McQueen Elementary School's four out of seven distinctions are in Reading/English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, Science and post-secondary.
Based on Racial/Ethnic Groups, Hispanics comprise the biggest group at Ware Elementary School. They make up for 60.88% of student population, followed by African Americans (29.50%), Whites or Caucasians (6.49%), Two or More Races (2.51%), Asians (0.21%) and Native Americans (0.21%).
The student population at Johnston-McQueen Elementary School is also predominantly by African Americans at 35.73%, followed by Whites or Caucasians (34.20%), Hispanics (21.57%), Two or More Races (5.45%), Asians (2.83%) and Native Americans (0.22%).
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, Ware Elementary School has a significantly higher number of English Language Learners comprising 50.21% of its student population compared to 6.54% at Johnston-McQueen Elementary School.
In addition, Ware Elementary School has 50.42% bilingual students, 0.42% are in the gifted and talented program, while 12.13% are in the special education program. This stacks up against Johnston-McQueen Elementary School with 6.32% bilingual students, 0.65% gifted and talented students and 14.60% students in the special education program.
29 teachers employed at Ware Elementary School have been teaching in the school for an average of about 2.6 years with individual teaching experience averaging 7.4 years. The 40 teachers at Johnston-McQueen Elementary School have been serving the school for an average of 7.1 years with individual teaching experience averaging 12.2 years.
Of its teaching staff, Ware Elementary School no teacher serving the school for over 30 years, has two teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, seven teachers have worked for 11-20 years, two teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 14 teachers have been serving the school for over 1-5 years, including four beginning teachers. Johnston-McQueen Elementary School has three teachers serving the school for over 30 years, has eight teachers serving the school for 20-30 years, six teachers have worked for 11-20 years, five teachers have worked for 6-10 years, while 16 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 Ware Elementary School there are 26 female teachers and three male teachers. Of its teaching staff, three special education teachers are being assisted by six teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has one staff members in the school administration department and six more working as school support staff.
At Johnston-McQueen Elementary School there are 35 female teachers and five male teachers. Of its teaching staff, eight special education teachers are being assisted by ten teachers aides or paraprofessionals. In addition to its teaching staff, the school has zero staff members in the school administration department and four more working as school support staff.
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