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Petersen Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 641 students

 

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Posted January 31, 2014

The school discriminates against kids who are disabled. They have after school enrichment program. I was told my soon could not participate because he is in Special education by Mr. Ferguson. He also stated attendance is money in a meeting with parent meets priciple I guess to encourage attendance to get more funding for the school. I ask how much funding goes to special eduaction. He told me he will get back to me never heard a word. He avoids parents never has a soulution and passes you on so he want have to deal with it. Not to mention it took me being there a month in a half withdrawing my child to get the correct services. Than enrolling him back and never getting a transfer ARD. Than when I got one we were having a Transfer and Annual ARD at the same time. To all parents stay away from this school this was my childrens first and will be there last poor Administration can care less and no services due to low staff and thats not our problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

My child has been at petersen for two years now and honestly the school doesnt offer much .Some of the teachers are awesome but the school still lacks. Theres no after school programs, extracurricular activities, hardly any programs during the school year. No magnet or GT program. It just an average school, my child is a child that loves a challenge and its really not given to him there. Next year he will not be at petersen he will be in a vanguard program at another school. The new principal is nice, involved man I just hope that he works to make the school a alot better than it is. Its a good school for a child who's parents just wants their child to JUST go to school and get by.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

I am a parent. My daughter has had 3 DIFFERENT Kindergarden teachers this year and its only January.I feel like everyone's heart is in the right place but lack of common sense abounds. I feel like they are trying but have a long way to go,yet. I also feel the rating given by this site was too high. Test scores arent everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

I attended Peterson ELementary as a child and went on to accomplish many things including a graduate degree and am currently working in education public policy. I now have a friend whose kids attend Peterson and have to say that the school has apparently improved significantly after a dismal downfall a few years back. When reading the previous post, please note that the school has come all the way from a nearly 50% failure rate to an 80% passing ... I'd say that's pretty good and is a positive reflection on Administration (aka Principal, Asst. Principal and Teachers). Let's give credit where credit's due. Keep up the good work guys!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2007

I am surprised they call this a school. I feel like this school should be closed. The teachers are so far out of touch with teaching my 2 year old could show them how it is done. The principal should be able to relate to a parent all parents & I just felt like she turned a deaf ear to my concerns about my son's education. The assistant principal tries to help but he has come in on a sad situation. My child will not attend Petersen again. For any parent who cares about education this is not the school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

32 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

64 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
68%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

67 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 82% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
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

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students93%
Female94%
Male91%
Black or African American96%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)96%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
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 Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
Black or African American84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female94%
Male92%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students84%
Female84%
Male84%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)84%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
57%
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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
71%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
70%
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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
58%
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 Students54%
Female58%
Male50%
Black or African American48%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
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 education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English53%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted52%
Bilingual62%

Math

All Students43%
Female46%
Male39%
Black or African American30%
Asiann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education43%
Limited English proficient (LEP)53%
Proficient in English41%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted41%
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 Students59%
Female57%
Male62%
Black or African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)66%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingual70%

Math

All Students57%
Female55%
Male59%
Black or African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)75%
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted51%
Bilingual77%

Writing

All Students58%
Female58%
Male59%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
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 education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted53%
Bilingual75%
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 Students59%
Female54%
Male66%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Special educationn/a
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted54%
Bilingual61%

Math

All Students60%
Female61%
Male58%
Black or African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Special educationn/a
Not special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English60%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant60%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted55%
Bilingual64%

Science

All Students56%
Female49%
Male65%
Black or African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special educationn/a
Not special education57%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted50%
Bilingual64%
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

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 71% 52%
Black 27% 13%
White 2% 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) 49%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 23%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • JAMES FERGUSON
Fax number
  • (713) 434-5634

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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14404 Waterloo Drive
Houston, TX 77045
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