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Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 760 students

 

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Posted September 17, 2013

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT! I cant afford to send my kids to a Private school as well as the next zone school is always booked and cant take transfers I have to stick with having my kids here. My kids have been attending this school for 2 years ever since the school has been under construction, I know it takes time to build but HISD board needs to help out schools as this one. They have great teachers here but you can tell they have no support from the Principal. The pick up and drop off is a total chaos and needs SO much improvement, hopefully once the school is complete it can be fixed. School needs to have curriculum's for the kids as well. They did just started for the first time an after school program, BUT because they only had a very small amount of space I was not able to add my two kids which by the way I really needed it to help with the commute of having to deal with who will pick my kids up from after school. They do not have any security at all. PTO just now started doing more things which is nice. No free bus under 2 miles in not fare. Like i said in the beginning needs a lot of improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2013

While the teachers are wonderful, the principal is far from and the school is even less than that. The school is being rebuilt but it's been "under construction" for years. There is no recess or Fine Arts programs at all, so your kids are bored. The food is gross and undercooked so you have to plan bringing lunches, no free bus for under 2 miles or so or you have to pay for it 11-15 dollars a kid and the buses are dangerous, they spend the entire time practicing for tests and taking tests that they end up failing. K.Smith hasn't passed AYP in 2 years. Most of the problems can be fixed but noone seems to care to do so. Parent involvement just isn't there. The PTO usually does nothing except for finally this year. The teachers are burnt out, the kids are burnt out, the school isn't safe and there's just nothing that you can read here that should make you want to send your kids to this school. If you have a choice, avoid it...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2013

Don't send your kids here. This school needs so much that there's just not even much worth fixing anymore. The teachers are great but everything else just makes me want to move my kids faster. No P.E but 1 time every 2 weeks, no recess, no lunchroom, parent pickup is chaos, no free buses, no security. Very disappointed...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2007

My oldest son's teacher recommended transferring our son out of the school. They have to many kids enrolled in the school. The principal strives to teach all of the kids how to just 'survive'. Both of our kids' teachers were great and maximized the situation that they were handed. Unfortunatly the pricipal gave them a short hand. If you are able, transfer your kids out of this school. You will be greatful that they were not taught how to just 'survive'.
—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.

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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

69 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

103 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

95 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

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

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

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

95 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

96 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students74%
Female83%
Male64%
Black or African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students71%
Female71%
Male71%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant71%
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 Students67%
Female63%
Male71%
Black or African American60%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education53%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students78%
Female73%
Male82%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education78%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)84%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students82%
Female80%
Male84%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education73%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant82%
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%
Female88%
Male92%
Black or African American85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female91%
Male98%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
48%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
64%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
75%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
65%
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 Students67%
Female79%
Male55%
Black or African American55%
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented85%
Not Gifted63%
Bilingual78%

Math

All Students69%
Female79%
Male58%
Black or African American39%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)85%
Proficient in English69%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant69%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted61%
Bilingual91%
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 Students67%
Female71%
Male63%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education27%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant67%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted62%
Bilingual64%

Math

All Students79%
Female79%
Male78%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education67%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted74%
Bilingual94%

Writing

All Students74%
Female75%
Male73%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education33%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant74%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted70%
Bilingual69%
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 Students80%
Female82%
Male77%
Black or African American68%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education42%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted76%
Bilingual75%

Math

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Black or African American61%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education50%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)96%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted81%
Bilingual96%

Science

All Students79%
Female73%
Male86%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education58%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)81%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted75%
Bilingual79%
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 "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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 71% 52%
Black 26% 13%
White 2% 29%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 46%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

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  • GLORIA SALAZAR
Fax number
  • (713) 613-2578

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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