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Cactus Elementary School

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Posted August 1, 2008

Cactus Elementary is a great school to work. We have a mixture of ethnicity which can be challenging at times, but also very rewarding. I learn so much from the students who enter my classroom. Go Roadrunners!
—Submitted by a teacher


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

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
60%

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

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

50 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

50 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

48 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
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%
Female76%
Male57%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)66%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students60%
Female60%
Male61%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
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 Students74%
Female78%
Male70%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian0%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)59%
Proficient in English83%
Migrant0%
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female74%
Male74%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian0%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English100%
Migrant0%
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students88%
Female88%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian14%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English100%
Migrant20%
Non-migrant95%
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

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
73%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
75%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

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

All Students50%
Female53%
Male47%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian50%
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)40%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students36%
Female36%
Male36%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian67%
Hispanic34%
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 education37%
Limited English proficient (LEP)31%
Proficient in English42%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted35%
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 Students52%
Female52%
Male51%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian33%
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged17%
Special educationn/a
Not special education51%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant52%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted50%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students41%
Female41%
Male40%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian30%
Hispanic43%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Special educationn/a
Not special education41%
Limited English proficient (LEP)29%
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant41%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted39%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students49%
Female53%
Male46%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian25%
Hispanic58%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Special educationn/a
Not special education49%
Limited English proficient (LEP)37%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted48%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


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

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 77% 50%
Asian 21% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
White 0% 31%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Carla Tafoya
Fax number
  • (806) 966-5561

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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100 S Dr
Cactus, TX 79013
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