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James F Delaney Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 782 students

 

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Posted October 8, 2013

Delaney is such a fantastic school. It is so nice to come into such a tight, community, eucation focused school. Absolutly love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

This school is VERY lacking in communication between staff and parents. And while im at it everything is so complicated most of the staff dont know whats going on. As far as keeping parents informed BIG FAT F
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2013

I have to say that I had my reservations about my children attending Delaney Elementary after reading the reviews but I have nothing but good things to say about the staff and the school. My son has a 504 plan due to health issues and the entire staff have been fantastic in their communication and care. Everyone we have come into contact with, from the Principal, councilor, teacher, nurse etc have been absolutely amazing and we could not have asked for any more. The education has been wonderful - my daughter has excelled in her reading and math and made Honor roll every grading period! I am so pleased that my children attend Delaney and I look forward to another successful year for them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2012

All my children have attended Delaney. My eldest started the year after Mr. Delaney died. I was very impressed with the school and the quality of education. But each year I see the decline. My youngest child's education isn't anything like my eldest. They have stopped caring about the children who are above grade level. The superintendent actually said, we don't have to worry about them, they will do fine. Anyone who makes a statement like that doesn't deserve a job in education. All children deserve a quality, challenging education. I'm glad Mr Delaney isn't here to see the school now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2011

This is our third year at Delaney and every year I grow to love this school more and more. The new principal is great. Very invloved. The teachers are kind and fun. They make learning exciting. My 2nd grader daughter is reading on a 4th grade level and my Kindergarten son is doing great as well. There is a great diversity here. They expect students to be responsible and ready to learn everyday. If you as a parent do YOUR part your child WILL thrive here. Any child would be blessed to attend Delaney. I thank God for this school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2011

Seriously reconsider another education option. Partiality and favoritism are what drives decisions, from the top down and vise versa. Typical "small town" paradigm with no outside accountability or objectivity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2011

My son has attended Delaney Elementary since kindergarten (he's now in 4th grade) and I have seen nothing but good things within the school. The homey feeling when you walk into the school itself is the best feeling ever! Let alone the caring teachers that work hard to teach the kids everyday:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

Very, very disappointed with this school. What would Mr. Delaney think? Budget cuts will most likely further the decline in quality. There really is no excuse in this information age to not be able to provide effective communication among every member within the school from administration, to faculty, to parent. Obviously not enough funding has been or will be provided for technology. More important than that, there is a marked absence of diligence on the part of the school administrators to communicate well to impart positive teacher-parent-child relationships. This experience make the decision to pursue other education options easier. If you are considering a private or home school education, seriously pursue those instead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2011

I have not been impressed with this school. Communication is sorely lacking, at least half of notes written to my daughter's teacher go unaddressed. Simple requests are ignored or given the runaround. Newsletters/ PTA information, etc, are often sent home too late to be relevant, if they are sent home at all. All of this pales in comparison to the fact that TWICE my daughter was not put on the bus to come home (she no longer rides the bus), and was 'misplaced' (though later found) while on a field trip. My daughter is very bright and ahead of the other students, and I get the impression that her teachers just don't know what to do with her. This school has given me such a bad feeling that it makes me wary of the district as a whole. We have sought out alternatives and will not be attending any Kennedale school next year. I gave an 'average' score because my daughter has only been attending this year, so I do not know if my experiences are isolated to this one teacher or are typical. We won't be sticking around to find out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

There are SIGNIFICANT areas of opportunity for improvement for Delaney as it relates to building relationships and school culture. At this writing, our child has been enrolled for one year. We have experienced first hand the decline as mentioned in the previous review. A probable reason is related to the retirement of a key leader, the principle. It is very unfortunate that Delaney does not have a strong collaboration with the other elementary school in Kennedale ISD, R.F. Patterson. To use just one example: If an outsider were to make a comparison by reviewing the activity and content of each school's website, it would be obvious the disparity of information between the two. RFP provides more comprehensive communication about a variety of topics between educators and the parent/student community such their principle's monthly newsletter, photo gallery archive, and professional development teacher postings that offer parents a teacher's perspective about programs currently implemented. It would be very hard to ignore the negative impact that the change in leadership has had on this particular school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

My daughter attended this school several years ago and my son is now enrolled. In my opinion the quality of this school has declined since my daughter was a student at Delaney. Like most other public schools here the students ARE NOT challenged and the curriculum has been dumbed down to accommodate under acheiving students. We have placed my daughter in private school and intend to do the same with our son next school yearc
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I cannot say enough about this school! It was an honor to get to know Mr. Delaney and the quality he expected is still being carried on today. We moved to Kennedale in 2002 and I immediatly was glad our son attended this school. The teachers and the principal are the very best anywhere. They want to make sure that each child is successful and no one is left out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2007

Delaney Elementary is a top notch school. Both of my kids attended grades K-4. This school is the closest thing that you can get to a private education in a public school setting. The teachers and principal care about each individual student and work hard to see that they are successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

Both my kids currently attend this school and I could not be happier. The teachers are wonderful. They encourage each child to do their best. The academic programs are great. My 1st grader is challenged in her above grade level classes and my 3rd grader is doing well in her grade level classes. The music program is great. The 2nd grade class does a musical every year and each class sings at a PTA meeting during the year and at other various functions. The school also encourages other extra curricular activities. The parent involvement at Delaney is tremendous. The PTA is one of the best and is first class. Parent volunteers are also great. The school puts on a great Fall Carnival every year to help pay for programs through the year and the parent involvement is wonderful. I wouldn't want my kids to go anywhere else
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

This is a fantastic school. The teachers take time to care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2005

My 8 year old son has attended Delaney Primary for 3 years, the quality of the academic profiles were exceptional, extracurricular activities always encouraged and available, I have always been an involved parent but would like to see more involvement by other parents. What could be more important I ask myself. You as a parent should know your child's teacher personally, should kno who they sit beside in class, at lunch. If you don't take an involvement, who will?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2003

I believe this is the best school in the Kennedale school district. 100% of the 3rd grade class passed both the Math and Reading portions of the new TAKS tests. Then for at least, but probably more than three-fourths of the class to also be ranked comended status for these tests is makes this school even greater! The Principal and the team of 3rd grade teachers were absolutely supurb in preparing our kids for these tests. In addition, I don't want to not mention the other teachers... as my son came up through Kindergarden, First and Second grades, each and every one of the teachers played a very important part of his education. Each one of them cares about every child's education and it shows by the attitudes of the children and parents. Keep up the good work Delaney Primary!


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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

134 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

108 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

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

All Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
Black or African American80%
Asian100%
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education100%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female95%
Male88%
Black or African American88%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education100%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-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

All Students87%
Female89%
Male88%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education80%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students88%
Female88%
Male89%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education100%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students92%
Female94%
Male89%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education89%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
56%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
79%
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%
Female91%
Male91%
Black or African American73%
Asian90%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education60%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingual89%

Math

All Students74%
Female71%
Male76%
Black or African American64%
Asian90%
Hispanic59%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education43%
Not special education75%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingual56%
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 Students76%
Female81%
Male72%
Black or African American67%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education50%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted73%
Bilingual44%

Math

All Students79%
Female76%
Male82%
Black or African American33%
Asian86%
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special education56%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingual56%

Writing

All Students66%
Female67%
Male64%
Black or African American40%
Asian100%
Hispanic64%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Special education13%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted61%
Bilingual56%
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 "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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 29%
Hispanic 27% 52%
Black 10% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Two or more races 4% 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) 15%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • KATINA MARTINEZ
Fax number
  • (817) 483-3653

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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