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John J Pershing Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 535 students

 

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Posted July 24, 2003

John J. Pershing Elementary has more than surpassed my and my husband's expectations with public school. We were amazed at our child's progress in kindergarten and her teacher is a wonderful person that I know has set an excellent foundation for my daughter's learning. We were very impressed with the different activities available for the children after school, the safety measures that the principal and teachers have taught the children, and we feel very comfortable sending her to Pershing. My daughter has always been raised in a very diversified environment that mirrors the 'real world' and while she is at Pershing I know she will continue to learn and grow to respect and appreciate the differences that each and every individual person possesses. I feel that no matter where a child goes to school, if the parent stays involved with their child's learning, that child is going to grow up learning a lot more than just their ABCs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2003

Wow! What a fabulous experience we have had at Pershing! We have been here 4 years and have seen turnover in such a positive light; it makes us thrilled to still be here. Our school ranking has jumped from the bottom to the top 10 in 2 years and this can only be attributed to great leadership and personal drive in the teachers. We are dedicated to the education of our children and we know they are getting that and more at Pershing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2003

In response to the parent comment (May 2003), teachers do not have low morale by working at Pershing. Low morale occurs only when parents like this one try to tear down our school and principal. Pershing teachers are proud to follow the direction of our new principal and the great reputation that Pershing has always enjoyed is being restored by all of us at Pershing pulling together. Not many people knew that our good reputation was dying over the past 6 years...one of our best kept secrets but now that we have the strong leadership we need to put us back on course, Pershing is shining bright again.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 24, 2003

As a 20 plus years of teaching at Pershing I can honestly tell you that I am offended by the negative publicity (May 2003) about our school and Principal. I personally have worked under three Principals at Pershing. The Principal we have today surpasses all Principals of the past.We have had a great reputation for six years and that is all we had because scores were declining for six years prior to the new principal arriving. She has taken our school from number 26 out of 27 to Number 8 in Area 7 in one year. One hundred percent of our faculty have tested and proved by certification their proficency in technology through her leadership. For a parent to attack our school and Principal it is apparent that this parent has not visit our school enough and is listening to misinformation. Isn't it interesting that the high turn over rate at our school instantly raised test scores?Pershing now has a person who supports all teachers equally. It is an honor to be at Pershing under the new leadeship where teachers can teach and feel they are making a difference.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 28, 2003

I have two children that graduated from John J. Pershing and one child attending now. I feel that my older children a wonderful experience there, comparable to the best private schools in Dallas. However, this is not true of the school now. The leadership at this school has decreased drastically over the last 2 years with the selection of a new principal. My daughter tells me on a daily basis how much she hates Pershing. Several teachers left the school in the middle of the year. The teacher turnover rate is high and morale is low. I have another child that will be school age next year, but I will transfer her to another neighborhood public school. This once was a great school. If you are considering Pershing, look at the school now and don't be fooled by it's past great reputation. It's not the same. A lot of the old, great teachers have left and are now replaced by younger, less experienced/educated, teachers. DISD has many wonderful schools, Pershing is just no longer one of them.


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.

40 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

62 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

26 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

41 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

60 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

58 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students83%
Female80%
Male85%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant83%
Gifted/talented80%

Math

All Students88%
Female81%
Male95%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)97%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
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 Students96%
Female92%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students94%
Female96%
Male91%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students96%
Female100%
Male93%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
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 Students90%
Female100%
Male82%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education50%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White80%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education38%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students84%
Female86%
Male83%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education71%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
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.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
63%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
65%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
63%
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 Students69%
Female77%
Male64%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students74%
Female78%
Male71%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingual80%
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 Students74%
Female65%
Male86%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students73%
Female63%
Male82%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education50%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted71%
Bilingual73%

Writing

All Students90%
Female88%
Male93%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted89%
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 Students85%
Female89%
Male83%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)79%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted81%
Bilingual90%

Math

All Students88%
Female91%
Male86%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education40%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted83%
Bilingual92%

Science

All Students81%
Female74%
Male86%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special education40%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted73%
Bilingual85%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • 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

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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 84% 52%
Black 11% 13%
White 5% 29%
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%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 60%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • MARGARITA HERNANDEZ
Fax number
  • (972) 794-8601

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5715 Meaders Lane
Dallas, TX 75229
Phone: (972) 794-8600

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