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Jackie Mae Townsell Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 879 students

 

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Posted December 3, 2012

My Son has been attending this school K-1st& finally 2nd. I've had Many issues w/this School's Staff from the beginning of the yr 2012-13. First Day of school there was an accident ON their intersection More than Half the Kids Late, Parents &kids had to sit in the Cafeteria for 3hrs, my son was given a new Teacher then sent to a GT class at the end of the day, cause they "Forgot" to Inform me my child scored above average the yr before. Not even 6wks into the school yr he was placed in new class due to High student Ratio. Its bad enough they No Longer Give Homework, but now its ok to take Toys cause the Teacher Doesnt Care &signed papers Stay in his backpack for Mnths I tried reaching out to the teacher Via Email, Letters. I had to call the administrator to finally get feedback. Final straw was my son coming Home Repeating Inappropriate conversations between the kids in class that at age 7, shouldn t even know about!!! When reporting this to the school the Teacher calls my son a Tatty Tale. I m Beyond Upset On How Staff handled this Issue &let this Woman be a Teacher Simply cause they Needed the extra help!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

great school no doubt amazing facility thank u townsell and staff.I wish I went to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

My daughter just finished her kindergarten year. We have both when very pleased with the school. All the teachers are welcoming and go out of their way to create a home like learning environment. I hope the new principal will be able to continue the wonderful legacy of mrs. willett. I love how they have physical education every day. I am looking forward to my daughters future with townsell. Highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2011

The school is very diverse in it's students population. It is absolutely amazing that the principal and her staff is able to bring about cohesive educational experience and has excellent learning process. It remains to be seen what affect the drastic budget cuts will have on this fine school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2010

My oldest daughter just finished 5th grade and I can't say enough about the dedication of Mrs Willett the Principal and the teachers. Every morning, Mrs Willett is at the door to welcome the children to school. I know most parents are upset about the "no homework" policy but what is the point in giving homework when most parents were doing the work not the kids. The alternative is giving the kids books to read every evening which the results has been dynanmic in reading and writing skills. I wish more parents will get involved with the school and help put it on the map as one of the best schools in Irving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

this a really great school it is the great school your looking for your child specially the awesome work of the principal Linda Willet
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2009

My child is in third grade at Townsell Elementary. We moved to Irving earlier this year. I have been very pleased with all aspects of my daughter's education. Upon request, my daughter's teacher has sent home homework. I also feel that there is wonderful communication be it through email, phone, or face to face.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2009

I put my child in Townsell for the first time in 4th grade. I must say, I am really disappointed. There seems to be discouraged parent interaction, and I really don't know that my child is learning. They have a 'no-homework' policy that some parents may like. But I think kids do need SOME work at home as well. Unfortunately, I don't know that I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

Townsell has been a good fit for our son in Kindergarten. His school year started out pretty rocky, but the teachers and other faculty were great in helping us keep him in tact for the remainder of the year. I love the after school care that's offered and the family activities in the evenings as well. Overall the school is wonderful, however I have to question the school test scores for the ethnic group of kids versus the white kids for the 2006 vs. 2005 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2005

I think this school is very innovative. I recently spoke with some of the staff of this school and they really seem to care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2005

Last year my child was here and I had thoughts about taking her out. It seemed as if the school was unorganized and never tried to teacher parent contact. As far as this year, becsuse of a new principal, the school has been wonderful. There was a school wide picnic, math night, science night, all to build teach,student,parent relationships. I am very pleased with Townsell Elementary!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

Communication between parent and teacher is a very major for me because the sake of my child's wellbeing maybe at stake. I was not impressed with their response to parent/teacher communication in letting the parent know about what is going on in class. Eventhough the teachers are very understanding when it comes to protective parents, I love the new school, just wish that the communication between parent and teacher could be established more. The educational level is about what I expected.
—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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

110 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

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 85% in 2011.

119 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

122 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
85%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

122 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

123 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
79%

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

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American81%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education80%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)95%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students79%
Female81%
Male78%
Black or African American64%
Asian94%
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education60%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)86%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
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 Students83%
Female83%
Male84%
Black or African American73%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education43%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students82%
Female83%
Male81%
Black or African American57%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education40%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students87%
Female85%
Male89%
Black or African American69%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education44%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 Students88%
Female91%
Male83%
Black or African American83%
Asian89%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education63%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students89%
Female93%
Male83%
Black or African American79%
Asian89%
Hispanic92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education50%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)84%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students79%
Female81%
Male76%
Black or African American72%
Asian89%
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education27%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
56%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%
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%
Female78%
Male59%
Black or African American62%
Asian78%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special education0%
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)68%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant69%
Gifted/talented89%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingual78%

Math

All Students58%
Female60%
Male57%
Black or African American38%
Asian76%
Hispanic70%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education40%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted49%
Bilingual100%
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 Students53%
Female63%
Male43%
Black or African American39%
Asian83%
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education0%
Not special education56%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English54%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant54%
Gifted/talented90%
Non-Gifted50%
Bilingual63%

Math

All Students66%
Female78%
Male52%
Black or African American50%
Asian80%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education17%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingual82%

Writing

All Students48%
Female57%
Male37%
Black or African American41%
Asian83%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White57%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Special education0%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingual50%
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 Students66%
Female72%
Male61%
Black or African American59%
Asian60%
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education14%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)61%
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingual75%

Math

All Students64%
Female69%
Male59%
Black or African American48%
Asian67%
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White38%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Special education0%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)74%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingual87%

Science

All Students63%
Female60%
Male66%
Black or African American47%
Asian67%
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education14%
Not special education66%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talented95%
Non-Gifted57%
Bilingual81%
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 "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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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 55% 52%
Black 26% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 9% 4%
White 7% 29%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 47%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • ANGELA LONG
Fax number
  • (972) 215-5599

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P O Box 152637
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