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Big Spring High School

Public | 9-12 | 941 students

 

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Posted November 2, 2012

We spend money on equipment, astro turf, and how much to those neon signs cost? Why didn't they invest money for more math, science, and english teachers? Now was purchasing neon signs and astro turf and the track field really in the best entrance of the students? As a tax payer I don't want my taxes going up failing Texas requirements that they loose sports are great but students who understand math, science, and can read/write. Big spring ISD has not passed state test requirements since 2008. We need to analyze the teachers, principals. Principals,and superintendent to see if they have a new plan and why are they still holding their positions? Our schools and children need every advantage we can offer them so one day they can be doctors, lawyers, even president. Those are long term plans. Athletics has a shelf life one child may do good but what about the rest of the children. Can the athletes read. Do math and science so when they can no longer be jocks they can get a good Job because we care enough to take time and teach them fundamentals. CC: Texas education association in Austin, also Governors office, and our state representative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

This school's focus is primarily on punishment to the student's who are the most disadvantaged and lacking in support from the home. Many "at-risk" students have been encouraged to "drop-out" when they pose too great of a challege to the truancy Administration to deal with a challanging student's unique situation. Therefore, exclusion and punishment rather than success through problem solving becomes many students' the choice for their High School career.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

This school is wonderful. It is sad it does not get the high marks that it deserves. The teachers are hard working, love the children, and very creative. The students are also very hard working and respectful. The administration is incredibly supportive. There are lots of activities, even a chess club, something for everyone.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 26, 2008

I have 3 children who attended BSHS. All three have done wonderfully in college. In HS, they participated in many extra curriculuar activites and took advantage of the conncurrent and AP classes offered. They all went to college with 24 hours of credit. Overall, I thnk they were well prepared for the challenges they have encountered since leaving BSHS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2007

I graduated from this school a few years ago, have a sibling enrolled and things have not changed much. More money on sports, less towards the academic departments. Your teens will not get anything out of this high school unless they decide to take vocational courses or dual credit courses at the local community college their jr/sr year. I believe you should make the best with what you got but there isn't much to work with here. In fact the whole town is set on 'mediocrity'. I had a good childhood, wonderful friends and family in Big Spring but the whole place seems to be run by the wrong people.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 7, 2005

Big Spring High School is a good 4 A school. BSHS has much to offer students through organizations, AP or Pre-AP Classes and enthusiastic staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

Big Spring High School is mostly for the teens activities and not for the teens acedemics. It's ratings statewide are in the low 50 percentile and it's ratings nationwide are in the high 20 percentile. It is my opinion that Big Spring High School needs to put more money into it's teaching staff (replacing a few teachers ), teachers that have the desire and knowledge to push our children to do their best, and not accept mediocracy.
—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.

245 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

232 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
55%
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 91% in 2011.

246 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

244 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

241 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
71%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

236 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
81%

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 95% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

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 Students95%
Female98%
Male92%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students81%
Female81%
Male80%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Special education42%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students90%
Female91%
Male90%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/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

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
61%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
72%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
51%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
52%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
40%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

213 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
94%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

429 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
34%
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

Algebra I

All Students60%
Female62%
Male58%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White55%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special education33%
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented57%
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students87%
Female88%
Male86%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education69%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented93%
Non-Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students57%
Female59%
Male56%
Black or African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic54%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education43%
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented70%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students53%
Female58%
Male48%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education18%
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talented50%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students25%
Female34%
Male18%
Black or African American23%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracial43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White31%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Special education7%
Not special education27%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English26%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant25%
Gifted/talented21%
Non-Gifted26%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students66%
Female71%
Male60%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education20%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students42%
Female48%
Male36%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Special education10%
Not special education44%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant42%
Gifted/talented56%
Non-Gifted42%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students66%
Female66%
Male65%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education38%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented91%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students65%
Female61%
Male68%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special education33%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented96%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students18%
Female11%
Male29%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Special educationn/a
Not special education17%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English18%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant18%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted18%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 58% 52%
White 32% 29%
Black 8% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 4%
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) 1%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • MIKE RITCHEY
Fax number
  • (432) 264-4113

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708 East 11th Place
Big Spring, TX 79720
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