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Martin Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 929 students

 

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Posted May 30, 2013

I used to like this school but did always dis agree with them only teaching to the TAKS test. I have two types of students. One is honor role and the other has always struggled in class due to attention problem. Some of the teachers are very good and really care about their student but I have noticed the last couple of years an attrition of young teachers that don't have the same compassion for their students and if your student needs any extra help they make it quiet clear that they will not receive it. We were very pleased at the beginning when they had a new principal start, thought it would be good for the school but we see nothing from her. I wish school would teach like they used to because only teaching for a test to get your school funding does nothing for these students in the areas they are failing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2010

Hey this my last year at this school and i love it since preK to 4th and its only talking about taks cause their trying to get you ready for it until you move and plus they have to remind you thats its coming up remember im only in 4th grade the teachers a funny,nice,and everything you look for a teacher if you dont like it then dont let your child go to this school what are you talking about other parents we have field trips your child will always go outside like for recess,walks,and more on bad weathers we dont go outside to play we get to move any question ask me.


Posted June 2, 2010

I understand all of you who have issues with the fact that Martin may have a focus in certain grades on the TAKS test. But have you taken your child to any other school? I work at a local university and one of the problems that we continue to encounter are students who are not prepared for our first year courses. Do you think this is an issue with the school or with the system? It isn't just the schools job to raise our children. If you feel your child is not receiving enough at their particular school, then go ahead and supplement the education they're receiving with additional classes or educational time with you. We can't rely on schools to raise our children if we want them to succeed. The students who do best are those whose parents are engaged and do what they can to help their student succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

I agree with the bad reviews. The school is very test driven. Everything is TAKS. If your child is smart and doesn't need to be taught for the test, don't send him/her there. HISD has great Vanguard and Magnet schools with the gifted program. They actually teach your child to think, not to take a test.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Have you read the Houston's Chronicle school report card? Martin didn't even make it to the 400 school list in the Houston area. I can tell you that the last ones on that list are not good schools, so where is Martin? Only 3 schools in the Alief district made it on the list. I am so disappointed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

I'm a new parent in the Martin School area and I too am very dissappointed with the staff there, this i my childs 1st yr. there and taks testing is the tops to them, instead if teaching kids how to take test to fail, teach them them the old fashioned way reading, writing, and arithematic,everything that looks good to you ,is not good fopr you .perhaps we as parents should start testing teachers to see if they are upto par!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2006

My children have been going to Martin for 4 years now and I am very disappointed with it. The education they get there is below par and if I was not supplementing it with lesson at home, they would be very behind. Martin teaches to the TAKS test and for the whole year my child has had the same homework. (TAKS worksheet) That is all they care about. My children have told me several times that they watched a whole movie that day. There are no activities. No field trips. When you complain, the teachers try to talk down to you or ignore you. I can not recommend this school to anyone. We moved to this District from HISD and let me tell you, HISD is much better. At least there you can transfer your child to a better school in the district. Here, that is not an option.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2005

The teachers are excellent. They take the time to meet w/parents and answer all necessary questions. The school welcomes parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2003

Both of my kids have attended Martin Elem. It is a very good school overall. They provide opportunities to get parents involved. They have wonderful student productions. Most of the teachers are very responsive and supportive. Both of my kids had wonderful experiences and enjoy their school.


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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

119 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

122 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
83%
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%
Female91%
Male92%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education50%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)93%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female93%
Male94%
Black or African American75%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education70%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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 Students85%
Female87%
Male82%
Black or African American67%
Asian92%
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education60%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)84%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female92%
Male95%
Black or African American78%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education86%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)94%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%
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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
52%
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 Students81%
Female90%
Male68%
Black or African American50%
Asian87%
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special educationn/a
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingual81%

Math

All Students68%
Female71%
Male64%
Black or African American53%
Asian86%
Hispanic68%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)71%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant68%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingual71%
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%
Male45%
Black or African American35%
Asian72%
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education29%
Not special education55%
Limited English proficient (LEP)43%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingual41%

Math

All Students66%
Female71%
Male62%
Black or African American29%
Asian94%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education29%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingual67%

Writing

All Students45%
Female52%
Male38%
Black or African American50%
Asian78%
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Special education50%
Not special education45%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English45%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingual25%
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 "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 73% 52%
Black 13% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 10% 4%
White 4% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
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) 70%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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11718 Hendon Lane
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