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Decker Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 777 students

 

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Posted August 19, 2011

This is not the same school that it was a few years ago. A new principal and administrative staff as well as an invigorated staff and active student body have all played parts in rewriting the story for Decker Elementary. As a parent, I am proud to send my children to school each day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

My kids have attended this school for two years. While I love their teachers, I do agree with the other review that there is a major lack of communication between parents and the school. My kids are treated badly by other children and it doesn't seem to matter how much we bring it up, not much is accomplished in fixing these issues. Not a very good support system with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

This school has been a big disadvantage for my child academically as well as socially. I was not pleased with my first experience there and it went down hill from there. As soon as you speak with the secretary the bad attitude begins. The lack of communication the teachers have with the parents is inexcusable. The condescending attitude towards the parents is a complete slap in the face. The discipline comes up short due to an ill regard for it. The kids seem to have zero respect for the teachers. Overall the negative impact this school and its administration have had on my child have had lasting effects.
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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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

93 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

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.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

55 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students67%
Female69%
Male66%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented88%

Math

All Students63%
Female67%
Male61%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talented88%
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 Students62%
Female77%
Male45%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)45%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students85%
Female85%
Male86%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students80%
Female88%
Male70%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)69%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
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%
Male79%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students87%
Female92%
Male83%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
33%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
50%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
38%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%
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 Students52%
Female45%
Male60%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)39%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted52%
Bilingual38%

Math

All Students35%
Female27%
Male42%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education35%
Limited English proficient (LEP)30%
Proficient in English35%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant35%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted33%
Bilingual30%
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 Students36%
Female44%
Male28%
Black or African American25%
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education36%
Limited English proficient (LEP)21%
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant36%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted32%
Bilingual22%

Math

All Students37%
Female46%
Male28%
Black or African American17%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education37%
Limited English proficient (LEP)37%
Proficient in English36%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant37%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted33%
Bilingual36%

Writing

All Students37%
Female44%
Male31%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Special educationn/a
Not special education38%
Limited English proficient (LEP)30%
Proficient in English38%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant37%
Gifted/talented80%
Not Gifted35%
Bilingual32%
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 Students55%
Female54%
Male55%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)35%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant55%
Gifted/talented87%
Not Gifted48%
Bilingual37%

Math

All Students52%
Female53%
Male51%
Black or African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education52%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%
Gifted/talented80%
Not Gifted46%
Bilingual34%

Science

All Students52%
Female56%
Male49%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Special educationn/a
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant52%
Gifted/talented81%
Not Gifted46%
Bilingual37%
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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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 76% 52%
Black 20% 13%
White 2% 29%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 57%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • ELLEN WILLOUGHBY
Fax number
  • (512) 278-4174

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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8500 Decker Lane
Austin, TX 78724
Phone: (512) 278-4150

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