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Rutherford Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 478 students

 
 

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Posted April 22, 2010

I have three children and all have attended Rutherford Elementary. Teachers and principal are the most caring and awesome educators I have known. My kids truly enjoy this school and get up every morning with a smile on their face!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The teachers and staff at this school really seem to not only love their jobs but the students.The way they teach is not biased on race,religion, or any persons ideology. I am a Christian as are my children, But I have not seen our faith nor any other faith be lifted above another. Nor do I see them trying to push the evolution myth on our children. They do teach on some of these things but its taught from a point of view allowing the children to be objective. I have two children currently at this school one in Kindergarten and the other in first grade. I had a step son that went there from kindergarten to fifth grade. When he was falling behind and not doing well in School the teachers took the extra time to help him get caught up.I am very greatful for the committment to education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

Rutherford is a great school. And the teachers care about their students, I have not meet a teacher up there yet that has wanted the best education for their class. As for the disciplinary issue, the Vice Principal changed this year and she has improved on some of the old procedures. The classes are big, but they Teachers allow parents to come in and volunteer to do activiteis w/ the class so that they can step out w/ the children that need help in cetain areas. One 1st grade teacher had a student that did not even no her alphabet when she begin and now she can read a level 1 reader book. She wanted to see her achieve greatness, and now this girl smiles ear ro ear and eagerly reads to you. Trust me this is a school that cares about education ! Oh and the Libriarian is amazing !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2008

Rutherford is a good school. It has had a record of being a recognized campus for the last 4 out of 5 years. I have 2 kids attending right now, one in 3rd grade and one in kindergarten and have been very pleased with each and every teacher they have had at Rutherford. As a parent, you do need to be involved and interact/communicate with the teachers to achieve the best results in the educational development of your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

Like any school, their are good teachers and the not-so-great. I had both at Rutherford for my kids. I think 2 of the major issues are that the classes are to big, my sons class has 26 kids and when he needs special attention in a certain subject he is not able to get it. And that has brought his confidence in himself down. And also when you have an issue with a teacher it becomes a game of politics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2004

My son attended Rutherford for 5 years and I must say that I am very pleased with the teachers and the quality of education he received. The staff makes you feel welcome and the teachers all communicated well with me. The principal is very approachable and discipline was just and fair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2003

Disciplinary rules at this school are horrific and almost barbaric. Upon closer inquisitiveness, it is found that the principal has the final ruling, not the school district. How sad for our kids that they cannot be kids.
—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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

94 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

76 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

73 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

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

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

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

85 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

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

All Students88%
Female95%
Male84%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female89%
Male88%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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 Students88%
Female83%
Male92%
Black or African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students93%
Female92%
Male95%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Writing

All Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
Black or African American75%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special educationn/a
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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%
Female94%
Male93%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education100%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students96%
Female96%
Male95%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education86%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students88%
Female84%
Male93%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education80%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
63%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
74%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
80%
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 Students76%
Female80%
Male72%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students53%
Female60%
Male47%
Black or African American56%
Asiann/a
Hispanic23%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Special educationn/a
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant53%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted52%
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 Students66%
Female67%
Male65%
Black or African American52%
Asiann/a
Hispanic83%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education0%
Not special education71%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students45%
Female42%
Male49%
Black or African American29%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special education14%
Not special education48%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant45%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students64%
Female65%
Male62%
Black or African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special education20%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant64%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted62%
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 Students72%
Female78%
Male66%
Black or African American67%
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant72%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students73%
Female68%
Male77%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special educationn/a
Not special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students66%
Female59%
Male72%
Black or African American43%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English68%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted62%
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 "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Exemplary".
  • 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 36% 29%
Black 28% 13%
Hispanic 28% 52%
Two or more races 5% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 1% 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) 6%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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