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Palm Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 531 students

 

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Posted June 24, 2011

With a new administrator came higher goals and success rates. While not everyone is happy, our children are getting a better education. The school is no longer one that simply makes parents feel welcome. It is one that welcomes parents to assist in the education of their children. It has been a lot of hard work for all involved. Mouse, Maag, Hedayatifar, Frederick and Kokernot have been great teachers for my child. Support your student and their teachers and success will come. Even for those who struggle. Palm staff is here to educate our children....and theirs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2006

I have a 4th grader going to palm. My son also attended palm. My experience with palm has been a rollercoaster ride. I have had issues with a few teachers. I notice that the more i call or visit the teacher, the more agitated he/she gets. They of course encourage you to do so, but i got the impression that is was not welcomed. We were however lucky to get a few really good caring teachers!! i agree with a few of the other reviews when it comes to the office personnel...Neither of them have customer service skills. (There should be some type of training class for them!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2006

I am not impressed with the upper level teachers. Of the entire staff, I'd say maybe 5 are good teachers and the rest are either burnt out or just don't care. Principal and Assistant are great though.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

My daughter has been attending Palm since 1st grade....she had troube focusing and getting her work done....but I noticed 2 out of 3 teachers were very strick and scold childern in front of the class...I believe this lowers self esteem..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2004

The front office personnel has poor people skills. I feel that parent involvement is discouraged unless the teacher wants you to do for them. My child is new to this school (1st year)I have had several problems with my child's teacher belittleing my child and other children in the class room. The teacher has told me on several occasions that she just does not have time to spend with my child there are just to many kids in her class. The principal only makes excuses for the teacher and the front office personel. -One Disappointed Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2004

This is my son's 3rd year at Palm. I didn't notice he couldn't read very well when he started Palm. It was brought to my attention by his 1st grade teacher Ms. Stause. She was great! She called me and told me that he needed help, and she made sure he got it. She told me about an after school program. It was free, my son improved so much after that. He now likes to read on his own. I have no problems with the school, other than it is very crowded. I see the staff walking around and being involved. Thanks Palm for all that you do for are kids. Carolyn Medina
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2004

My son has attended Palm for 3 years now; we have been blessed with great teachers who have proved to have real interest in my son and his classmates. The Director, Mrs. Silva-Quinn always makes herself available for parents and encourages feedback. The school offers parents help by providing a Support Specialist in charge of assisting families with special needs. The teachers, custodians, monitors, and the director are very friendly. The only staff that I consider needing improvement is the office staff, who sadly doesn t have very good customer service skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2004

All teachers working very hard to make sure no kids fall through the cracks. I can see that it is challenging and frustrating since this school is very crowded. The classes are by far, not smaller than average. That is a very untrue statement. It should read, 'much larger than average.' Palm is very crowded because of all the new housing developments right next to it. Last year my child's class had 26 children. This year class size is 23.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

I currently have 2 students at Palm. I have found that most of the teachers are great and caring people, I found that if you're a concerned parent it's a great place for the kids - If there's a problem, they call or email - If my kids are having a really great day - they call or email. When I drop them off in the morning - I don't feel insecure and worry if there's strange people standing around - There is always several teachers and/or parents there monitoring the well being of the kids. I know that my girls are safe and and in an excellent learning environment. Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2004

My son was enrolled in Pre-K this past year. After Spring Break, I removed him from school because after 6 months his teacher was still unable to control her students and her classroom was always filthy. On the way to the lunch room she would always walk in front of the students not monitoring their behavior in the hallway. When I would drive away from Palm I always felt like I was leaving my son at some sort of unmanaged correctional facility. Luckily his transfer request was approved and he will start Kinder elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2003

I feel that the administrators at the school treat the parents as another student and not as a partner in their child s education. They tell the parents what to do and do not ask for their opinions.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

65 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

71 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

67 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

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 82% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students82%
Female81%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students91%
Female85%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
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 Students81%
Female81%
Male82%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female85%
Male84%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education60%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female88%
Male85%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
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 Students93%
Female95%
Male90%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students91%
Female92%
Male90%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students81%
Female84%
Male77%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-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

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
67%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
67%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
45%
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 Students68%
Female63%
Male72%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingual63%

Math

All Students55%
Female49%
Male61%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)52%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingual50%
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 Students69%
Female63%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special educationn/a
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingual46%

Math

All Students57%
Female56%
Male59%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education29%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)46%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted56%
Bilingual39%

Writing

All Students71%
Female67%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talented80%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingual57%
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 Students78%
Female71%
Male83%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingual60%

Math

All Students83%
Female76%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education60%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingual63%

Science

All Students62%
Female66%
Male59%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education17%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)37%
Proficient in English64%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant62%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingual41%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 88% 52%
Black 7% 13%
White 3% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Two or more races N/A 2%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 40%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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  • RHODA COLEMAN
Fax number
  • (512) 280-2769

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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7601 Dixie Drive
Austin, TX 78744
Phone: (512) 414-2545

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