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Pillow Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 572 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
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Posted September 1, 2014

My son attended PK here in the year 2013-14. We found this school to be quite good, the teachers and staff are friendly and involved. The school had regular field trips which helped keep the students interested. The parents were encouraged to be highly involved. I do not know why the school fell in the ratings but our experience has been good so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2013

This review is for 6 years ago (06'/07')- not sure if the same principal is there. My son loved this school. He only attended in 5th grade, but as a senior now he looks back and says 'I really liked Pillow. I learned so much there.' The principal was really the key I believe. She was terrific. She hand picked a group of teachers that truly wanted the best for the kids. They taught in a way that made the kids think, not just memorize facts. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

We love the school, my son is happy there, since PK he has great grades, we're taking an active part in his education by reinforcing what he learns at school at home, I wish more parents take the plunge an volunteer more at school , the opportunities are there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

The staff and faculty at our school goes above and beyond for it's students. We are a family here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

Pillow Elementary is a good neighborhood school. We love that parent involvement is encouraged by the staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

It is ok but do not why it dropped from exemplary to acceptable in 1 single year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Pillow is overcrowded and has a high percentage of low income students. Because this does not reflect the neighborhood it has taken some adjustment. The teachers range from extraordinary to tired and probably need to retire. My child's experience was very good in kindergarten with an environment that was nurturing and safe. Crowd control is a major part of the principle's challenge and, as well as, teaching children to speak English. I have not agreed with a policy that no one has playground time or be involved in activities that might disturb when the older children are taking state tests. I also wonder why the 1st and 2nd graders are in portable buildings. There are good people who care about the school but the declining scores must be addressed. The past reputation is no longer valid. Probably symptomatic of the entire district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

Things to love about Pillow: Great "family feeling" morning assembly, with "College Monday", "Fitness Thursday", and "Spirit Friday". (Parents are welcome to attend, and all students get experience public speaking over the course of the year.) Super diverse -- students whose parents come from all over the world and are very motivated to improve their children's lives. Cultural education -- There's the dual language program, and next year (2013-2014) they are starting a grant funded program with the other Anderson-highschool feeder schools to introduce each grade level to a different language. My daughter is super excited to get a chance to learn some German. Academic focus -- Every student learns and is pushed, regardless of background or level. A strong focus on academics. Fun, low key extracurriculars -- running club, math club, chess club... this year a parent did an "Korean culture" class. Spirit nights out roller skating and a school dance party. Most classes participate in Marathon Kids and Science Fair. What I don't like is how overcrowded the school is (as many classrooms in portables as inside; lunch times that start super early to get all the kids through).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2012

My son is a PK graduate from Pillow Elementary School. He likes his teacher very much. He wanted to be 4 years old always so that he can stay back in PK class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2012

I attended this school from k-5 grade and I really liked it; my teachers were awesome!! And really nice, they taught me really well, and luckily I got commended on all the TAKS tests from third grade to fifth grade.


Posted November 3, 2010

We really miss you, Pillow!! Our child attended from 1st grade almost up to the end of 4th grade. We had to leave due to military relocation. Her new school doesn't EVEN compare. Thanks to you, she is more prepared than most of her classmates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2010

I hate this school because, when i went there i got sick so i went to the office crying in pain and they waited three hours to call my parents.They make you sit there and wait.I was crying in pain and they just watch you. This is the worst school in history.


Posted September 29, 2010

TERRIBLE SCHOOL! Kids are made to eat breakfast in the hallway and without any trays. My child was repeatedly spit on, cussed at and harassed by the other children on his bus. The school LOST him 2 times where he had no idea where to go and I had no idea where to find him. The office never returned any phone calls! His safety was in jeopardy and after not receiving any help from the district, I finally had to withdraw him and move in order to get him to a different school. I tried to join the PTA and they denied me that right as well. I was greeted with dirty looks every morning, pushed by other children in the halls, and listened to them cuss at each other in the breakfast lines. My son became depressed and afraid to attend school due to the daily harassment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

I love Pillow Elementary because it has a good staff and faculty. Students are eagered to learn and motivated. Our parents are always willing to help and go out of their way to make sure their children are safe and being educated.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 24, 2010

Teachers are, for the most part, incredibly involved with the children's learning. One for example, Mrs. Drozd, helped my daughter overcome her problems with math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

My daughter will be graduating out of Pillow this year and we are both starting to feel sad at the thought of leaving this wonderful school. Her acceptance by the Ann Richard's School is a direct reflection to the wonderful work that the teachers have done all these years, coupled by a well disciplined home environment. I am sure glad that I have Pillow on my side on this one!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2009

The teachers are just so great and really care about the children they are teaching. I attended Lindale Elementary School in Lindale, Texas and they gave me a great elementary education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2009

I like Pillow because the teachers care about the students getting an education.My grandchildren are excited about going to school now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2009

The Principal, teachers and staff at Pillow Elementary are obviously serious about providing a quality education to our children. They encourage me, as a parent, to get just as involved and I do. My son is blossoming at this school and it looks like the sky is the limit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

The kids seem to be happy and enjoy being there. It's fun to watch all their musical programs and see the joy of children learning in a multi-cultural environment.


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

80 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

79 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

77 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

56 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students90%
Female93%
Male86%
Black or African American71%
Asian92%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education80%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students81%
Female89%
Male71%
Black or African American57%
Asian92%
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education60%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
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 Students90%
Female86%
Male93%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education83%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female100%
Male91%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)96%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students94%
Female97%
Male90%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English90%
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 Students95%
Female96%
Male94%
Black or African American93%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education89%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students88%
Female85%
Male90%
Black or African American77%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education100%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students83%
Female76%
Male90%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education83%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
66%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%
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 Students80%
Female84%
Male74%
Black or African American67%
Asian100%
Hispanic83%
Multiracial50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students51%
Female53%
Male47%
Black or African American40%
Asian100%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%
Gifted/talented86%
Not Gifted47%
Bilingualn/a
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 Students61%
Female60%
Male61%
Black or African American57%
Asian100%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education50%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted59%
Bilingual33%

Math

All Students49%
Female50%
Male48%
Black or African American43%
Asian80%
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education20%
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English47%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant49%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted46%
Bilingual22%

Writing

All Students63%
Female67%
Male61%
Black or African American50%
Asian100%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education40%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted62%
Bilingual44%
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 Students87%
Female87%
Male87%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education71%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students75%
Female79%
Male68%
Black or African American62%
Asian100%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education33%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant75%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students68%
Female67%
Male70%
Black or African American46%
Asian100%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education29%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a
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 "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

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 52% 52%
White 18% 29%
Black 16% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 9% 4%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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) 38%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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3025 Crosscreek Drive
Austin, TX 78757
Phone: (512) 414-2350

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