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Rusk High School

Public | 9-12 | 595 students

 
 

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Posted December 8, 2009

The reason I believe in the kids that attend R.I.S.D. is because our kids go there and they like it there(surprisingly). When a kid likes their school, they will excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

I attended this school also, I must admit I received a decent education, especially when it came to math and biology. Unfortunately, I can not say that about the Chemistry and Physics courses.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 25, 2007

I went there all my life and I walked away with a 4.0 and a full ride to Notre Dame. It is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 1, 2007

If moving to East Texas, Rusk is one of the more favored school options in the area. Most teachers care about the students and are willing to put in a bit of extra time to see that students are academically and emotionally healthy. I would say that Rusk is the best for the average student. The mindset in Rusk doesn't seem to cater to the students that really want to step out of the mainstream ways of thinking. Although there is diversity, there is little multiculturalism and even forms of prejudical thinking. A global way of experiencing the world does not seem to be a concern. There are some in the school leadership that are 'my way or the highway.' There are an unfortunate number of cliques, and parent politics can put constraints on teachers and programs. However, students will receive a decent academic education.


Posted May 4, 2007

This is a great school. The students are academically great, and prepared for college. Many college courses are offered in the curriculum. Extracurricular programs excel, especially the band. This school does not deal with discipline problems that other area schools have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

This school is AWFUL! The teachers and 'authority' at this school are WAY under par.This school does very poorly as far as standardized tests are concerned. This school is unsafe.
—Submitted by a parent


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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.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

149 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
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 91% in 2011.

139 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

134 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

138 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

141 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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 95% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
97%

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

All Students99%
Female100%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students92%
Female95%
Male90%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students93%
Female98%
Male89%
Black or African American79%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/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

  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
65%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
73%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
47%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
51%
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
34%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
100%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students66%
Female69%
Male63%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special educationn/a
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English65%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted100%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students85%
Female91%
Male81%
Black or African American63%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education80%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted84%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students81%
Female86%
Male74%
Black or African American70%
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted79%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students66%
Female76%
Male59%
Black or African American33%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White76%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education17%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted63%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students48%
Female61%
Male38%
Black or African American36%
Asiann/a
Hispanic39%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education11%
Not special education50%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English49%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students73%
Female83%
Male60%
Black or African American54%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education27%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English72%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant73%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students50%
Female57%
Male42%
Black or African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Special education0%
Not special education54%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English51%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant50%
Gifted/talented92%
Non-Gifted46%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students24%
Female34%
Male15%
Black or African American18%
Asiann/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White26%
Economically disadvantaged12%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Special education0%
Not special education26%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English24%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%
Gifted/talented60%
Non-Gifted19%

Geometry

All Students91%
Female99%
Male81%
Black or African American92%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education60%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students63%
Female65%
Male61%
Black or African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White70%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Special education33%
Not special education64%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English63%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant63%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted59%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students65%
Female67%
Male63%
Black or African American50%
Asiann/a
Hispanic53%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education20%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English66%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant65%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted61%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 29%
Black 14% 13%
Hispanic 14% 52%
Two or more races 2% 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) 1%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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203 East 7th Street
Rusk, TX 75785
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Phone: (903) 683-5401

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