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Tarkington High School

Public | 9-12 | 554 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted November 3, 2013

Top notch high school and the new administration is proactive and keeps student success at the forefront of decisions. Refreshing and exciting day to be a longhorn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2012

I am beginning to experience the bullying issue with my children; however, the school administration is telling me that they are not seeing the same issues my child is bringing to my attention. So maybe he s just trying to get my attention. In every incident that my child has told me about, not once has the teacher witnessed the problem; instead the bully is running to the teacher telling on my child and my child feels defeated so he doesn t try to tell his side of the story. He has told me that the teachers are huddled in one corner (on the playground) or in the classrooms so they wouldn t see the issues. I m just curious, if bullying/favoritism are such a real problem in Tarkington, why haven t formal complaints been made? I ve spoken to at least 3 other parents who say they are experiencing very similar issues with their children. I ve heard of bullying issues in our schools before, I just assumed they were being addressed; but instead it seems the trend is to just pull your child out of this school and relocate them or home school them. Why are formal complaints not being made and why are we not fighting/demanding that our school system addresses this issue?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

Good school if you play football or cheerlead. But if y(ur gay or dont fit the "norm" theyll rip you apart from inside out, both students and staff.


Posted August 5, 2009

Well, all of your issues are common, but at least Tarkington High School isn't filled with gangs and drugs. Other schools like in Houston are far worse and i think everyone should appreciate the effort everyone is putting forth. The education is great and everybody seems to know everybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

I attended this school as a kid and gladly send my children here. The dress code is not ridicoulous, and is what young gentlement and lady's should be wearing. Now I'm sorry if I offend anyone but other school districts in the liberty county fail in comparison to tarkington ISD. As far as people getting unfair treatment - I think these claims are bogus. Children will tell their parents what they want to hear and some parents dont have the common sence to know when they are lying!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2005

The people are very nice. However the school lacks diversity and good leadership. While the lack of diversity is a result of the location, the leadership is not. From what I have heard from my student, teachers often play favorites. Also the dress code is ridiculously strict. My major disappointment it's the lack of a good college counseling program, the school does not seem to motivate students to continue their education the way the school I attended in Houston did. The academics and administration may be sub par, but at least the students are not 'clicky' or mean-spirited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2005

my name is jenifer. I think this school is great but the dress codeis ridiculus. im a single parent so buying 4 children what they need to be appropriate at school is difficult. the administrators do not provide my children with clothing so why should they tell me what I need to buy?! but other than that its cool. l8r!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2005

I was an instructor there for over 7 years and watched the administration take this good school to a poor school. Playing favorites with students is not fair, working deals to get fake passing grades and punish some students and not others for the same offence is outright a pathetic. My program was cut as soon as B. Ellington was assigned principal. I ended up quiting and removing my children from that school. When my son gets beat up 5 times by 3 students and witnesses say what happened, and nothing is done about that, that is pathetic administration. Then new school being built is a waste of tax payers money, they should just add on to the older school.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

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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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

142 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

157 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

158 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
68%
Social Studies

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

158 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

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 95% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
Social Studies

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students91%
Female96%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female100%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
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 "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

Algebra I

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

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
88%
Algebra II

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

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
79%
Biology I

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

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
56%
English I Reading

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

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%
English I Writing

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

173 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%
English II Reading

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

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

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.

181 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
78%
World History

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

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students77%
Female83%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education38%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant77%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

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

Biology I

All Students79%
Female80%
Male78%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education20%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students80%
Female76%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students62%
Female67%
Male59%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education0%
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant62%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students51%
Female62%
Male42%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education0%
Not special education53%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant51%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted48%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students83%
Female84%
Male81%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students63%
Female68%
Male56%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant63%
Gifted/talented83%
Not Gifted62%
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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not 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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students89%
Female85%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

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
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students68%
Female63%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Special education8%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant68%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted66%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students66%
Female59%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant66%
Gifted/talented83%
Not Gifted65%
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
White 90% 29%
Hispanic 8% 52%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Black N/A 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
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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