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Kaufman Elementary School

Public | PK-4 | 890 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted April 21, 2014

NO! NO! unbelievable CRAZY.. Any parent that is actively involved in their child's education knows this school is NOT what it claims to be.(DO you read and check your child's work thoroughly, IF so your child would not be attending Kauffman) My daughter attended this school and came home consistently with errors on homework sheet and instructions provided by school, examples on test, It was so unbelievable at first that we chalked it up as a mistake but then again and again it happened and every time I asked about it...The staff admitted they made errors. I mean literacy out of control...I started using my cell to take pictures of the errors cause I knew if not seen for yourself it would be unbelievable....Errors included math problems don wrong and spelling and grammar errors in other subject. examples done wrong over and over such as fractions and other math problems when I brought it up to the staff all they could SAY is "we are glad to have parents like you that can point out these errors"...IT WAS AN Nightmare....They tried to minimize the effect and say it was only on HOMEWORK but I also found errors on test. Like several times a problem would have multiple choice no correct
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2014

Without a doubt the best school my kids have ever attended. Excellent teachers and staff. My son attended this school 1st thru 3rd grade and my daughter for kinder. Teachers are wonderful at working with kids with learning disabilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

My Granddaughter will be starting school there as a Kindergartener, and the preliminary introduction provided to us as her family was most impressive. Kaufman is extremely well equipped and beautifully maintained. Her Teacher and her Principal were exceptionally inviting and engaging with our Little Girl, and she is even more excited about attending there than she was before. We feel certain that we made a good choice in Kaufman, and we feel that our Girl will be getting an excellent start to her academic career.


Posted April 19, 2013

Both of my children have attended Kaufman. Yes, there is a high level of parent participation, which is what makes the school so successful. This participation is completely voluntary. Parents are not forced to be involved, those that can be and want to, are. The teachers are all very caring and involved. This is a wonderful school in a great neighborhood. We have had a very positive experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2012

I have two children that attend Kaufman elementary. I would say overall this is a wonderful school with good teachers. It is a girls club like the previous reviewer said. When helping out you feel like your back in High School yourself especially in the PTO. The principal is completely ineffective and has zero positive interface with the parents. She's more interested in how she can use the PTO 's money for supplies that should be paid for by tax dollars to the school. She doesn't know the parents names that help out or are at the school all the time. The secretary knows who you are more than the principal.If you get the right teachers they are wonderful and keep you in the loop. God help you if you get one that should of retired long ago. Coming from out of state three years ago I was very overwhelmed at the level of homework that Kindergarten has. You do spend the money here at this school. Between gift cards for the teachers birthdays, Christmas and end of year gifts and fundraisers and supplies it is overwhelming. But I do like the values Kaufman staff and teachers teach to the children. It's nice to know that what you teach your own children at home is enforced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2012

I have never experienced an elementary school that required such a high level of parent financing. I currently have two children at Kaufman, and they bring home yet another fundraiser or other similar program every two weeks. Between these fundraisers, the school supplies required at the beginning of the year, school party supplies, PTO fundraisers, and gifts for four teachers (they each have two teachers) we have spent much more money than I expected to at a well-funded public school. My second grader's teachers are engaged, supportive, and friendly. I haven't heard from either of my fourth grader's teachers since the beginning of the year, but my child's grades and conduct are fine. The PTO meetings held during the day, as well as the constant requests for parent help at a variety of functions during school hours, show a complete disregard for mothers who have both careers and families. School event fundraisers are plentiful but are invariably held on school nights, which makes participation difficult. On a positive note, my children relate well to their peers. We moved to the district from another region of the U.S., and I am happy to report that they fit right in here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2011

What a joke! The teachers are smug, arrogant, and the little girls club is alive and well. At a recent conference, confronted with my displeasure at the lack of communication and special testing my child needs, I was accused of yelling, screaming, and name calling. This couldn't be further from the truth! Instead of listening to my concerns, I was dismissed. My child will not be attending this joke of a school much longer. Anyone considering this school, and or neighborhood would be wise to consider spring trails up the street with a dedicated elementary and an exemplary staff. What a difference a few miles makes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2011

Simply awesome! J.J. Daw and her auspicious staff and teachers should rule the world. Life would be better if all elementary schools were this good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2011

Kaufman is an excellent school - my children have had a wonderful experience here so far. We haven't had any bad experiences and are very happy here. Other reviews mention detached teachers/staff and no parent/teacher communication.....that is absolutely NOT true. This is one of the best schools in CISD in my opinion and I'm grateful to have a school like this in our neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

My child is part of the First Class to have completed their elementary years exclusively at Kaufman! The teachers are AMAZING! They go above and beyond to make learning fun, creative, and inspiring for the students. Parental involvement is genuine, authentic, and positive. Fourth grade is quite demanding. One star rating is empty due to the Lack of 4th grade teacher contact with this parent. The rushed approach to teach the test, left students with the daunting task of understanding how to manage organizing the overwhelming amount of worksheets. A little help would have been nice, along with the opportunity to reteach/redo failed graded assignments to a passing grade. TAKS scores reflected commended performance, but were not averaged into final grade. ???? Kaufman Kinder, 1st, 2nd, 3rd experiences were EXCEPTIONAL. Overall.....a Stellar School!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

I know for a fact that there were a few teachers that basically had no business being in the classroom...they should have retired or not been renewed. This was a carry over from when the school first opened and a lot of teachers were transferred there just to get rid of them from their previous campuses. That being said, I also know for a fact that there has been a concerted effort over the past year to transition these teachers out of the classroom...and I can tell you that the overall moral and experience for our children has increased dramatically! Not that it was ever really bad, just that now there really are no more bad apples spoiling the bunch! It is truly an exemplary school in all aspects now! Wouldnt have my son there if it wasnt!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Very detached teachers/staff, not willing to invest making a connection with students. The school is very over-crowded and this hurts both students and teachers. No tolerance for imagination or indiviuality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

When we moved here, I was excited about the school. Unfortunately, that soon faded. Parent/teacher communication seems to be difficult for these teachers. You will never be notified of upcoming tests or given study guides to prepare your child and reenforce what she is learning at school, etc. I have had several conferences about this for the past two years and it doesn't help. That will not make efforts to accomodate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

Whne we moved here from another state I was nervous about getting my children involved and feeling a part of this school commmunity. We have had wonderful experiences with all of the teachers, administrators and PTO. If you wish to be involved there are plenty of ways open to do just that. We especially like the family activities planned to get the school community together. This is a group of very hard working dedicated professionals with the children's best interests at heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

Named after a long time Woodlands school board hero! Just an amazing person and we are very privileged to have his name on our school. Dr. George Kaufman, thank you for all of the fantastic things that you do and for the inspiration you give to the children in this community!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 26, 2008

Wonderful Principal Leadership and the most amazing teachers! I couldn't ask for more :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2008

I see why the PTO is disliked, the meetings are held during the school day a no-go for those who are SAHM with younger children or work. The PTO, at principal s urging, spent $1000s of dollars on a weather system before it bothered to put in any playground equipment that came over a semester later for only one grade level. Another grade level received playground equipment a year after that. I know more than one who has had problems. The principals haven't wanted to meet with them and when they did, the parents have left saying that they felt better, but know that nothing was done to solve the problem. Too frequently there are silent lunches and the only recess is cancelled. Kids are expected to sit in car line up to 30 minutes without saying a word or they lose the next day s recess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2008

This is a very dedicated school. Wonderful leadership. Very satisfied with what they have done to guide my daughter in her future!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2008

This school is in a nice neighborhood. I volunteer there regularly and I have to say what I see sometimes upsets me. There is a definite preference given to some students (those who have parents who work or volunteer there often) and parents (those that volunteer without and never question anything). I do not see rules and policies being applied to all students equally. I don t think the education is lacking, but a little too cookie cutter. I also think that the school cares more about how it is seen than about what it really does. I ve worked in schools that don t rate as high, but I see more time, care and attention given to each students needs and learning style without the favoritism.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

Very nice neighborhood school. Caring and responsive administration. Most of the teachers here are wonderful, caring, dedicated professionals who have the needs of the children as a top priority. Excellent opportunities for parental involvement and participation. This is the school we believe is the right choice for our children.
—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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

228 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

195 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

193 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
98%
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%
Female96%
Male93%
Black or African American50%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
White97%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special education100%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant95%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students93%
Female90%
Male97%
Black or African American63%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Native80%
White96%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education90%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
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 Students96%
Female95%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female96%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special educationn/a
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
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.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%
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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
87%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%
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 Students92%
Female92%
Male93%
Black or African American57%
Asiann/a
Hispanic91%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education80%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education70%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
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 Students90%
Female92%
Male88%
Black or African American90%
Asian83%
Hispanic95%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education55%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students85%
Female87%
Male84%
Black or African American70%
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education73%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students90%
Female95%
Male87%
Black or African American73%
Asian83%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Special education36%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English91%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
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 73% 29%
Hispanic 17% 52%
Black 4% 13%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 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) 2%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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