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L O Donald Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 489 students

 

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Posted June 3, 2014

This school has bully teachers and principals that dont know how to address issues with parents. They let any body attend field trips with out screening them. How do they expect to improve when change needs to come from the top starting with educated principals along with teachers who would like to teach instead of being bullies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2013

This school needs serious work! I am a parent to one of the students currently attending this school. The staff needs organization, I am afraid that there will be a shooting, abduction, or a kid run over due to the lack of organization during both pick up and drop off....especially drop off. I am very unhappy with the staff, and from the previous comments they are right they do not utilize the money provided to them wisely...the school is always a mess!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2010

2 of my sons and my daughter attended this school last year and I have to agree, the teachers and staff at this school are only there to collect a paycheck! The education of the students is not even a priority to 95% of the teachers at this school. The school participates in ANY PROGRAM that will allow them to collect grant money for the school but the money is definitely NOT used towards improving the education that they provide here! They do not notify you when the kids are struggling.. and when you question them on what solutions they offer.. they have none! This school offers absolutely "No Programs" to intervene when a child is struggling! No group sessions, no one on one tutoring, study sessions, ARD Meetings.. NOTHING! Its basically up to the parent to intervene and search for help and resources "outside of the school" if they have a child who is struggling academically! They focus more on kids appearence (such as punishing them for having no belt) and or their behavior (such as punishing the kids for speaking at the lunch table) more then they do on their education! ITS REDICULOUS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2009

i'm a parent who is concern about my childs reading she seems to be struggling alot and all the school has done is load her with tutoring.which is fine if it was helping i suggested her to be tested for dyslexia but all i got was the run around i dont plan to send her there next year
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

I am an alumni of Donald school, and this school has really changed. Not for the better either.I cannot pound on all the educators, but most of the teachers and administrators in the school are clueless. The school has no direction! They change principals as if you change a pair of socks. I have to say 100% of the time the principals do not know half of what goes on in the school. The teachers do not go the extra mile for the students as they used to. All the school is worried about is making money. The money is not even used the helping better educate the students. What's really going on at this school? They can't even provide special classes for the hanicap. I could go on and on.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

29 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
66%

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 82% in 2011.

54 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students79%
Female89%
Male67%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students76%
Female69%
Male85%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education40%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
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 Students66%
Female63%
Male70%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students84%
Female78%
Male91%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education60%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students66%
Female68%
Male60%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
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 Students80%
Female91%
Male71%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students77%
Female83%
Male71%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students63%
Female71%
Male55%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)59%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
53%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
61%
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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
47%
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 Students61%
Female50%
Male73%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students69%
Female70%
Male69%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education0%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingual86%
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 Students65%
Female60%
Male69%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education65%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students33%
Female39%
Male29%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic33%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education34%
Limited English proficient (LEP)31%
Proficient in English33%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant33%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted27%
Bilingual30%

Writing

All Students61%
Female70%
Male54%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education61%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English61%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted55%
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 Students54%
Female62%
Male46%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)65%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingual71%

Math

All Students43%
Female35%
Male49%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education0%
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)48%
Proficient in English43%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted39%
Bilingual46%

Science

All Students59%
Female59%
Male59%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education11%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingual59%
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 "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 98% 52%
Black 1% 13%
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%
White N/A 29%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 65%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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  • SUZANNE HERNANDEZ
Fax number
  • (972) 794-5301

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1218 Phinney Avenue
Dallas, TX 75211
Phone: (972) 794-5300

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