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Elizabeth Smith Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 697 students

 
 

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Posted March 11, 2014

My children attend Elizabeth Smith and we couldn't be more pleased with the way they run this school. The principle is wonderful and all of the teachers have been outstanding. The parent involvement is huge. We believe our children are in a safe and supported environment. Keep up the good work ESE and Thanks for being GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

The school teaches to the lowest common denominator. If your child is bright or gifted, this is not the place you want to be. Several parents have pulled their child from this school as they are unable to challenge them. The bullying in the school is out of control, both physically and mentally. The principal has become very complacent regarding bullying issues. They say say ZERO tolerance, but they don't practice it. There are some FANTASTIC teachers at this school, but there are also some very bad teachers that make it obvious they don't care. One such teacher with many many complaints and student withdrawls..still remains there, sitting pretty, and educating the GT kids. She does absolutely NOTHING for them.If you need a great Mansfield school for GT or bright kids... I hear from Mommy friends, ROBERTA TIPPS is top notch!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2011

The teachers here work hard but the parent involvement is weak and those parents who aren't spending adequate time with their kids breed behavior problems and kids who soak up all of the resources...we moved here from another state and were drawn to our golf neighborhood by the beautiful, huge and affordable houses. Now I wished we would have looked in the Boren/Willie Brown area, where the homes are not as "nice" but my kids aren't learning gang slang at school. :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2010

We have been so lucky to be able to spend 5 full years at Elizabeth Smith. The teachers are dedicated to the students and really work well together as a team! We have been really pleased with our child's progress! As we move on, we will miss the school, teachers and also the awesome parents who are also a tremendous part of the success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

My kids have been enriched by the curriculum and the wonderful teachers at Elizabeth Smith. The teachers in this school work hard to insure the kids not only do what is expected, but go beyond what is required so the kids can really excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

I have worked in education for 30 years; 5 yrs. in administrations, 17 yrs. at a middle school and 8 yrs. in elementary. The past three years have been at ESE and they have been the best. I have read all of the reviews on ESE and am amazed at a couple of the parents comments about the leadership and teachers here, and felt I just had to reply. ESE has teachers who teach with such caring and heartfelt interest of each individual child's success (academic as well as self esteem, support). As for the leadership of this school from the Principal, VP, and support staff it is among the very best, and my experience backs this up. ESE has more extra curriculum activities for the students to be involved in. I wish parents would look beyond their own personal agenda and see all the good and wonderful things happening here.


Posted June 6, 2009

Excellent school, blessed with a wonderful teacher and faculty. The end of the year program was awesome! Very well-organized. Looking forward to next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

My son attended this school in the third grade. I was very disappointed in the cirriculum. Class time is devoted to TAKS (state) testing, and the homework to cover the basics is way too much, due to very little time left to cover them in class. The bullying level for my child was extreme. The way this school distict handles that is to offer to move the bullied child to a different class. They also do not have any music program such as plays. This was the first school that we have not had a year end program or play. Very disappointing overall. We will put our son in private school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2009

I am an involved parent and my child has been at this school for 4 years. ESE has many great teachers in spite of poor leadership by the principal. Great test scores are a reflection on students and teachers. When is MISD going to wake up and smell the coffee? This principal needs to be replaced with a loving and positive role model and not one only waiting to retire!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2008

This is the 4th year for my child to attend ESE. I have an older son that has attended 3 different Elementary schools including 2 Private schools. ESE is the biggest school we have ever attended and I feel very welcome and included. I am very involved and make myself available and the administration welcomes it. Parents who complain about administration and the Teachers are not giving them a chance or are not involved-in my opinion. The different clubs and Programs available to the children are awesome. Whenever I have had an issue, I have taken it to the Teacher, Counselor, or Principal, and have always been treated fairly and with respect. I would recommend this school to anyone!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2008

My child has attended ESE for the last 3 years and our experience has been outstanding. I am confused to read about the administration only being concerned about test scores and job security. The staff at ESE are exemplary and they have the rating to prove it. We could not ask for better leadership, we have never had a problem with meeting with the teacher or principal and people need to understand that they have schedules too and can not always speak to you when you come to the school. Learn to make an appoitment and look at the situation from the other side and don't be quick to judge our teachers and administration staff. With the recent event of an attack at one of the sister schools, we believe our child is in a safe and supported environment. Keep up the good work ESE and Thanks for being GREAT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

My children attended ESE for 4 years. I absolutely loved every one of their teachers, however I felt administration was only concerned with test scores and job security. The exemplary rating ESE holds means nothing to me at this time. The main goal was that score and not the knowledge our kids will need to survive in the world in which we live. The principal was extrememly unsupportive of the facutly/staff, the PTA and only seemed to look out for herself. My children no longer attend this school because dealing with admn was a daily beating. The teachers that worked so hard and cared so much were belittled, at times unmotivated and many tried to transfer to other campuses within our district. I wish MISD would take a closer look at the admin they put in place as leadership makes or breaks a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

We have two children that started this year after having attended Cora Spencer. The principal is very unfriendly, unprofessional and uncaring about the student's needs. The practive of 'leveling' cause a huge problem with one of our children. One of the teachers that we have is very uncaring and lacks motivation to actually bring the kids into the class. I am very disappointed in this school, had no action taken by administration and plan to remove my children ASAP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

This has been a great year for Elizabeth Smith. They received a exemplary status this year. The whole staff is awesome. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

As a teacher at ESE I find the comment posted on May 18 confusing. The parent says that the 'teachers are great' and then goes on to say 'If you want your children to learn you better put them in another school or teach them yourself.' If in fact the teachers are great they why would it be suggested that people put their children in different schools or teach them at home? Teachers at ESE are highly qualified, sensitive to issues facing students and families in the busy world we are living in, and dedicated to providing the highest quaility education to all students. Teachers meet weekly as grade level teams and monthly, or as needed, with administrators to discuss the needs of the students. I am proud to be a part of a school that cares so much for their students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 18, 2008

Teacher are great, principal is not very kid friendly, has no idea of what is going on in the classroom. If you want your child to learn you better put them in another school or teach them yourself. The do not care about your children being behind when the move on to high grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

this is a great school with very nice teachers that are always there to help you with your chldren. thaks ESE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

My kids attended to ese for the past two years and it has been a wonderful experienced for them and my self the teachers are very nice and helpful,I'm very please with this school and their teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2007

My kids attended to ese for the past two years and it has been a wonderful experienced for them and my self the teachers are very nice and helpful. I love the programs the this school have for the children such as music,art,pe etc. I'm very pleased with this school.Rate as excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2007

What an excellent school! I feel blessed to be part on such a child centered environment. Teachers at this school are truely there for the betterment of a generation of children. I feel confident that when my own children attend Elizabeth Smith they will receive the best education Mansfield ISD has to offer.
—Submitted by a teacher


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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
99%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

107 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

97 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
100%
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 Students95%
Female93%
Male98%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education100%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students96%
Female95%
Male98%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
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 Students93%
Female95%
Male91%
Black or African American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education86%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented88%

Math

All Students96%
Female93%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education71%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American97%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education83%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

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 Students90%
Female87%
Male92%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)63%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students84%
Female81%
Male87%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
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 Students83%
Female93%
Male74%
Black or African American74%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education30%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)90%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
Black or African American71%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education45%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students87%
Female95%
Male80%
Black or African American86%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education56%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted86%
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 42% 29%
Black 29% 13%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 5% 4%
Two or more races 5% 2%
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) 9%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Mansfield, TX 76063
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