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Cook Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 925 students

 

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Posted August 31, 2014

The staff at Cook are rising to the challenge of rebuilding a school after new administration, poor test scores, high staff turnover, and high-need students. Test scores have improved dramatically over the past two years and we even surpass other schools in the area with similar student populations. Our students are largely Hispanic, and in bilingual, dual-language classrooms. Our students in the ESL, or English only, classes come to us with social and academic needs that we have worked especially hard to provide interventions for. Schools in this area serve many single-income families that struggle to make ends meet, much less support their child in school. Cook is becoming a safe, nurturing place for our students to not only learn in but to simply be children in. We have a long way to go with enrichment programs, parent and community involvement, and staff retention, but I believe in my administration and teachers. We have recently been relieved by a neighboring school and are down to under 600 students. This will help our ability to meet our community's needs and keep quality teachers tremendously. I am proud to be a Cook teacher and can't wait to see how we grow!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 19, 2014

Cook Elementary 2013/2014 was my children 2nd year at Cook, the 1st year was great, because my children had great teachers. The 2nd year was a nightmare. Some of the older teachers need to resign, the school is overpopulated 100%, parent involvement is horrible, administration need to reevaluate what is more important, the students education or the beautification of the building, and the list could continue. If there is a choice to send your child/children anywhere else, do so and fast. Most of Cook staff are not friendly and never have a smile on their faces (not a great way to be around hundreds of children). If your children are smart, they do not stand a chance @ Cook because the teachers and everyone else is so focused on getting the not so smart kids prepared to at least pass state test. They do not have the tools to push the academically successful students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2013

This is my sons first year in school and his teacher was awesome! Anytime I needed something everyone was always helpful! Except the cashier in the lunch line! She needs to be replaced! She was very rude with kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2011

Cook Elementary did not provide a very good education for my daughter. She spent most of the time dealing with bullies. The administration could not do anything because of the fact that most of this activity went on behind the backs of administration. The classrooms are too large to give individual attention to students who need more help in a subject. The teachers my daughter had were wonderful, but it seemed as though the size of the classroom made it difficult for them to teach because of troubled students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2004

Cook school is great! my son loves his teachers and they are always willing to work with me and him on ways to work better. Thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2004

Cook Elementary School is a great school with gerat extracurricular activities such as the blubonnet club, choir, and a gifted and talented program.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

90 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

105 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

109 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

106 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Female85%
Male86%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female86%
Male89%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education100%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Female85%
Male72%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female93%
Male90%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Female88%
Male78%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students80%
Female84%
Male76%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education86%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students70%
Female78%
Male63%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education100%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant70%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Female86%
Male72%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted78%
Bilingual95%

Math

All Students67%
Female65%
Male68%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education70%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted66%
Bilingual64%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Female68%
Male61%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant65%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted65%
Bilingual91%

Math

All Students68%
Female65%
Male71%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education57%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted68%
Bilingual81%

Writing

All Students56%
Female54%
Male58%
Black or African American40%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant56%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted56%
Bilingual88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Female73%
Male71%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)70%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted70%
Bilingual71%

Math

All Students67%
Female63%
Male71%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)62%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted66%
Bilingual62%

Science

All Students51%
Female40%
Male60%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education11%
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted50%
Bilingual42%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 84% 52%
Black 10% 13%
White 3% 29%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 65%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Art teacher(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • WENDY MILLS
Fax number
  • (512) 837-5983

Programs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
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1511 Cripple Creek Drive
Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 414-2510

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