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Pershing Park Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 772 students

 

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Posted March 12, 2011

I love Pershing Park. The staff is the best in the district. The teachers are awsome. My daughter has attended since pre k. she loves it. i would never change her school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

Ive had nothing but trouble since we moved here! Since both of my children transfered here with IEP's, I was informed that I had to wait unitl they taled with the special ed to enroll them. This took two weeks, they started school and still havent recieved special services, I was just informed today that they need more info from special ed from their old school (which is already closed) before they could go to summer school,even though they have full and current IEP's. They do not make transitions easy for the child or parent,Im thinking about tranfering them already!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2010

Great teachers, pre k, 1ts - 4th grades teachers you are great god bless you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

This is a great school..the teachers are great but they do have alot of bully's that pick on your kids there and nothing is being done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

I am very pleased with the atmosphere at Pershing Park. It is clear that the administration, teachers and aides have the best interest of the children at heart. My daughters have both had qualified, eager teachers that work hard for my kids' success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

We have had problem after problem with the administration and front office since school started--to the point we have withdrawn them. I was told that parents were not permitted in the building before school because it was a safety issue. I had tried to give them my ID to sign in when told this. It took getting the principal involved just to walk my child to her new class. In the morning before school starts, the kids who don't eat breakfast there are sent to the hallway where their classes are. They are then parked in front of a TV 2 days a week. When my son pulled out a book to read he was told that he was not allowed to read during the video.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

My husband and I have been thoroughly disappointed with this school. Our son has been on the Honor Roll two times this year and last which is great. We don't like the fact they teach the TASK test if they don't pass it doesn't matter if your child is an Honor Roll Student & makes great grades he/she fails and can't move to the next grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

The secretaries are wonderful, most of the teachers are great, however, the asst. Principal does not listen to the parents and our concerns.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

My husband and I purchased a home here in 2006. Through all my research my children were suppose to attend Iduma Elementary instead of Pershing Park. Then of course I find out the zones changed and I was not pleased that my children had to attend Pershing Park. My daughters teachers are very supportive and they work well together. My son has ADD so he's struggled with academics all his life. I requested he be tested for a learning disability and the results came back that he was an average student with no disabilities. Even his teacher was shocked at the results! All I can do is stay on top of the staff and his teachers to make sure he gets the education he deserves because if I don't he'll just fall through the cracks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Academic programs are OK....same as you can get anywhere in Texas, no better, no worse. There are extracurricular activities, but would like to see more sports. During PE, kids have too much 'down time' where they sit in the rocks and get into trouble because they are bored. Communication between teachers of different subjects needs to be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2006

I am very involved in my kids' education. I have a daughter who is developmentally delayed and the entire staff has been nothing but supportive and very positive about getting her tested and placed with an appropriate IEP. My son is also enrolled there and loves it. This is a really great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2005

Support staff is great, secretaries are WONDERFUL, most of the teachers are great, however, the principal is a weak leader who does not listen to the parents and our concerns. My child has been put down in class by other students and the teacher and the principal believes that because she teaches 'character counts' this cannot happen. I moved my child from this school this year. Teachers need training on how to treat hyperactive children also--suspending them because they cannot sit still is NOT the answer. Also with the high level of military children, staff needs to be better trained on depression-issues kids are facing. Several parents I've talked to have used the word 'heartless' when describing staff members reactions to their kids being upset about '(parent) being gone'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2005

I am displeased with the system in Texas. I was hoping the school could also work with kids with that have difficulty with talking like the North Carolina's program Jump Start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2004

My child is enjoying her year of school at Perhsing Park. I can tell that her teacher cares very much. State and district expectations are high, so the teachers and administration do their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2004

I'm very dissapointed with the way the rules from the school are no parents friendly and they had some many restriction but inside the building, out of the inside classroom, there is a lack of supervision.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2004

I feel that the principal & faculty should be aware of the students life, being that this is majority military families. They have no compassion for any outside problems, they show an attitude of only wanting to work a 5-6 hour shift and be done with teaching. My opinion is that all teachers should be available to their students more than 5-6 hours a day. This is the only school in KISD that I have heard from at least 20 parents that they are not satisfied with Pershing Park. It could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2003

Over all quality of school is outstanding! Most involved with students and parents. Staff is very professional and helpful with students needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

I believe that this school, having the diversified amount of students coming from all nationalities, there should be more teachers of different nationalies. Not to sound prejudice, but I think a school with as many diverse children, the teachers need to be the same way. Diverse.
—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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

99 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
80%

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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
78%

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

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

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students88%
Female85%
Male90%
Black or African American83%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education60%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)82%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students80%
Female74%
Male85%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education80%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)76%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
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 Students73%
Female76%
Male70%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Special education36%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students70%
Female67%
Male74%
Black or African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Special education45%
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students78%
Female86%
Male69%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education36%
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
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 Students93%
Female87%
Male98%
Black or African American92%
Asian100%
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education60%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students90%
Female84%
Male95%
Black or African American79%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education44%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Science

All Students84%
Female82%
Male85%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education22%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
60%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
76%
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 Students78%
Female89%
Male68%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingual80%

Math

All Students67%
Female74%
Male61%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Multiracial67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education20%
Not special education70%
Limited English proficient (LEP)72%
Proficient in English67%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted67%
Bilingual70%
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 Students75%
Female71%
Male77%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic70%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special educationn/a
Not special education76%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English74%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingual50%

Math

All Students71%
Female66%
Male74%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special educationn/a
Not special education72%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English71%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant71%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingual64%

Writing

All Students75%
Female75%
Male76%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingual60%
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 Students85%
Female80%
Male89%
Black or African American76%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)92%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingual86%

Math

All Students82%
Female77%
Male86%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant82%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingual88%

Science

All Students79%
Female70%
Male85%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education14%
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)77%
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted78%
Bilingual63%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

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 38% 52%
Black 34% 13%
White 18% 29%
Two or more races 8% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 24%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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  • LINDA BUTLER
Fax number
  • (254) 519-5610

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1500 W Central Tx Expwy
Killeen, TX 76549
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