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Willis Lane Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 520 students

 
 

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Posted November 11, 2013

Amazing! 2013-2014 has been a great year for us. Good leadership and a teacher that is so qualified for my son's program. Kason is 6 yrs old, 1st grade and in the STACC classroom. It is a small ratio contained classroom for him to strive in. Mrs. Madison Gaby is so amazing, i don't have words to describe. If she isn't at this school, look for her in town. 10 stars for this school and its resources.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2009

My son, Samuel Berry, is currently attending Willis Lane under the 'autism' class. He first started going there when he turned 3 back in December of last year. His teacher, Cindy Anthony and her assistant, have done an unbelievable job with our son. He is like a normal little 4 year old boy now. All the credit goes to Cindy Anthony. My wife and I cant begin to tell everyone how appreciative we are of the time and patience they have displayed in the development of Samuel. Thank you so much for your time and your patience in turning Samuel around. We are so very thankful for all of you! Randy Berry
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2009

My child is now in 3rd grade at WLE. I could not be more impressed with the staff and teachers. It is an amazing school with an amazing amount of parent involvement. Looking forward to many more years at WLE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 1, 2009

My daughter only attended 4th grade having moved from another state last summer. All-in-all this was a good school but the lack of communication about things that directly affected my child was troubling...and this happened over and over again where we would have to call a meeting to discuss why we weren't told of certain things before my daughter told us. I didn't know who the principal was until the last week of school. It is a great atmosphere for the kids, teachers seem to really care, parental involvement is wonderful, very clean. But they have to get rid of that stop light in the cafeteria for the noise level but if the red light goes off, they make the kids spend their free play quietly walking so they can think about what they did...come on...they're kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

My daughter's first year was last year and she one of the best expereinces here at Willis Lane. Her teacher was one of the best!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

My child will be in 4th grade in the Fall. We have had a wonderful experience here since he started in kindergarten. As we consider moving, we hesitate because no other elementary schools can measure up. Our small house is worth the sacrifice of having this awesome school with such amazing teachers! Parents really make a difference on this campus...many enthusiastic volunteers help make a happy staff. I agree with the opinions expressed about Principal Hudson...she is quite irrelevant on campus. Vice Principal Mantz was a much more visible presence, but sadly, he is leaving to go to Shady Grove Elem. Standout teachers include Laupus, G. Painter, Thornton, Lee and Dantz among many other wonderful ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

We loved Willis Lane when our son attended in 3rd and 4th grade. We had moved to Keller from Irving for the schools, and we were very impressed with this school. You feel like you have stepped back in time with the parental involvement as well as the safety - many children ride bikes or walk home after school. The teachers are top notch as well. I highly recommend Willis Lane for an exceptional education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

We have moved a few times and this is the best school my children have attended. The principal, staff, and teachers are incredible! I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

My daughter attended Willis Lane from kindergarten through third grade. I was totally impressed with every aspect of the campus. The office staff was awesome and knew my child's name. The library and art class were top-notch. The entire school was friendly and welcoming. Children were well-disciplined and obviously happy. Having taught in private and public schools for many years, I would say that Willis Lane is extremely competitive with the best private schools but with all the fringe benefits that tax money can provide. We were very sorry to leave this school. In fact, my daughter transferred to a district where she was placed in a gifted school and she compared the teaching to that which she received at Willis Lane! Thank you, Willis Lane, for the exemplary job you do in teaching kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2005

Willis Lane provides a wonderful learning environment for your child. The administration and teachers work as a unit with the parents to bring the best instruction to our children. WIllis Lane has a very active PTA providing many programs for the kids. Although the school has over 700 students, the administration recognizes the needs of each child and treats them as individuals. I have had children at this school for 7 years and have been extremely happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

I have lived in Keller ISD for 2 years. I have 2 children, one of which is special needs. Willis lane has an excellent classroom setting for the Life skills. All of the special needs teacjers in every class have been so nice. We have had a few unfortunate problems, but for the most part, it was a great experience. I also want to give a thumbs up to all of the teachers in the school (especially first grade). They are the best ever. The parents are so involved in the happenings. I have never seen so much parental support in a school!
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

115 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

119 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students98%
Female97%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education90%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students94%
Female95%
Male93%
Black or African American78%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education71%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
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 Students94%
Female94%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education82%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female97%
Male97%
Black or African Americann/a
Asian100%
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education80%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education89%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%
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 Students91%
Female88%
Male94%
Black or African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students79%
Female73%
Male83%
Black or African American60%
Asian100%
Hispanic77%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted75%
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 Students90%
Female87%
Male93%
Black or African American80%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education33%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted88%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female74%
Male85%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education38%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female94%
Male85%
Black or African American60%
Asian80%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education38%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted87%
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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Exemplary".

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
White 73% 29%
Hispanic 12% 52%
Two or more races 6% 2%
Black 5% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 4% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 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) 3%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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1620 Willis Lane
Keller, TX 76248
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