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William Velasquez

Public | PK-5 | 655 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2012

Velasquez Elementary has exceptional teachers at each grade level. The teachers are great with instruction, but also very nurturing. My child has been treated with kindness and respect. She loves to go to school and she has loved her teachers each year. I am truly grateful for the education my child is receiving at Velasquez Elementary. I just hope the schools she will attend at the next levels can live up to the Velasquez standard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2012

My children have attended this school all 6 years it has been opened. I am extremely pleased with the quality of education my children get. The teachers truly care about their students. They go above and beyond their call of duty toin order to bring academic success to each and every child. I have walked in the building during the summer and tommy surprise, seen teachers there working with struggling children. Velasquez gets an A+. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

Velasquez Elementary is a school that is only concerned about their status ranking. I have two children, nieces and nephews who attend Velasquez and are terrified of the principal. We have had incidents that occur ed at the school that were not reported to us parents. We found out through our kids. It is definately not a nurturing place for kids. I agree that the staff, beginning with the principal, would greatly benefit from continuing education on disciplinary strategies. Screaming is not a way of disciplining children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

Velasquez, is a wonderful school. I have 2 granddaughters who attend and could not be more satisfied in the teaching staff. My little kindergarten has learned so much with her wonderful teacher, Mrs Hlavaty. She has accomplished so much this year. And also my 3rd grader. Wonderful principal, who really cares about her children and their accomplishments. As Mrs Dow said those are her children when they are at school. Thank You to all the staff. Doing a wonderful Job!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

I havethree children enrolled in their 3rd year in attendence at Velasquez. They are currently in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades. They may stress TAKS testing, but with the funding that rides on it due to the constraints of the No Child Left Behind initiative, who would'nt? I have found the school to be very responsive to the needs of my children, and my 2nd grader in particular. This year we requested that he be moved to a differnet class, and he was, and promptly. I call that a nuturing response.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

Velasquez is a good school. The teachers are very caring and well equipped to teach our children. If you disagree you do have the option of homeschooling or private school. My children have a lot of fun and love their teachers. As for the counselor, Mrs. Roberts, I see her all the time and in fact have spoken with her on occasion concerning my children. She is wonderful with the kids. Good job Velasquez!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

I am totaly agree with you. The second semester of the school they do nothing but practice tests
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

The staff is comprised of many ill-equipped teachers who would greatly benefit from continuing education classes focused on student diversity, learning strategies and basic educational psycholgy. In addition, Velasquez teachers and administration are overly focused on TAKS scores and the school's ranking as a result of those scores. This school is not a place to send a child if you want he or she to be nurtured, especially if you want your child to be an active participant in their learning and/or if your child has learning differences. Furthermore, a word about the counselor: is there one at Velasquez?
—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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

84 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

81 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

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

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

91 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

89 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
100%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

88 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students99%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education89%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black or African American94%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
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 Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female95%
Male98%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American95%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

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

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%
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 Students80%
Female80%
Male79%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education71%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English80%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant80%
Gifted/talented93%
Not Gifted78%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic78%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education88%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)87%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted83%
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 Students85%
Female82%
Male88%
Black or African American82%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)64%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female86%
Male90%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted86%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students84%
Female88%
Male80%
Black or African American65%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)73%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
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 Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education60%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)88%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students94%
Female98%
Male90%
Black or African American90%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education80%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students92%
Female94%
Male90%
Black or African American87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education57%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted91%
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
Hispanic 44% 52%
White 30% 29%
Black 18% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 4% 4%
Two or more races 3% 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) 13%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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School Leader's name
  • KERA FALTYSEK
Fax number
  • (832) 223-2601

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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402 Macek Road
Richmond, TX 77469
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