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Taylor High School

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Posted October 26, 2011

Shivers ran down my arms as I read the posts, presumably submitted by teachers and staff. It was galling to see the amount of misspellings, lack of capitalization, and poor sentence structure. These are the people teaching our children. I have found the administration to be lacking in honesty and accountability. These are the same attributes that their billboards state that they are instilling in the students. As I was writing this post I received a 3rd phone call from the school today. I listened to the 3rd lie and excuse to cover up for an ongoing error on their part. Is it so hard to say "we're sorry and we will do our best to remedy our mistake?" Oh well, so much for accountability and responsibility!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2010

I live in Taylor, and I love the town, but I have to disagree with some of the other posters. Taylor HS has consistently been rated "Academically Acceptable" by the TEA, which equates to the ubiquitous and generic "meets minimum standards". Roughly half of the student population does not have English as their primary language. This makes for a difficult teaching environment for teachers and students alike, despite the many outreach programs available. The socio-economic makeup of Taylor has changed over the past decade, with more single-parent, foreign, and poor households. The parents often don't have time, energy, or knowledge (a dropout cannot help their child learn pre-cal and likely cannot afford to hire a tutor to do it either) to help students with homework and many good students are left behind. Unless improvements are made, I'll gladly pay for private school for my kids when they're teenagers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

The high school in this district has made outstanding progress this past year. There was just a big article in the newspaper about how well students have done on the state tests, especially the minority students. I know principal and teachers seem very dedicated to making sure all students are successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2009

I do not think that the school ignores the minority, I believe that there is an astronimical amount of non English speaking minorities that have inidated this school district and they are having to prepare the student that should prepare themselves. I found the parent involvement with these students needed the training themselves and in the past before the influx starting four years ago, there were not these problems. The students and parent supported students still succeed by taking advantage of the programs available and there is a dedicated and loyal staff that spends extended hours and volunteers to meet the needs of these minorities. The minorities must take advantage outside of school to prepare themselves to be able to be sucessful and the permenating attitude of those that fail the tests, is one of they do not care. I hope this shows you the other side, check previous year demographics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2009

School ignores minority students and creates unacceptable test ratings that bring down all averages and creates a rating of unacceptable. Test scores would improve if only they would teach all students.


Posted April 29, 2009

5 stars this school offers lots of opportunities for students to get involved in higher level courses. And the Academic Decathlon team are award winning state champs for 2 years in a row.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

The school is qood! Everybody is there own self! the main problem we have is qettinq our students foced on sports & extra activites! the SOCCER team & TRACK team are wonderful! One girl took them to regionals & it was her first year were very pround of her! keep up the qood work
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2008

There are wonderful programs available to the students. The band is fantastic and they are going to state this year. The Academic Decathlon team won state 2 years in a row.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2004

What can I say? It's a public high school. If you sign up for AP classes (of which there are ample offerings) and get involved in the right extracurricular activities, you'll be ok. Teachers range from marvelous to apathetic to just plain stupid, and students range from intelligent people trying to get into a great college to pregnant 14 year olds waiting until they are old enough to drop out and everywhere in between. The place can be a lot of fun, or it can be hell on earth for four years. It's up to the individual student to choose his/her courses, activities and friends wisely.
—Submitted by a former student


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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

227 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

185 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

185 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
Social Studies

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

186 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
88%
Social Studies

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

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
100%

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 Students96%
Female99%
Male94%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students90%
Female90%
Male90%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students97%
Female98%
Male97%
Black or African American88%
Asiann/a
Hispanic97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African American94%
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education76%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%
Algebra II

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

75 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.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%
English I Reading

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

314 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%
English I Writing

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

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
45%
English II Reading

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

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

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

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
61%
English III Writing

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
36%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
98%
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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
79%
World History

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

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

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 Students60%
Female64%
Male55%
Black or African American38%
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Multiracial80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Special education63%
Not special education60%
Limited English proficient (LEP)42%
Proficient in English61%
Migrant38%
Non-migrant61%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Gifted60%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female100%
Male100%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
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 Students81%
Female83%
Male80%
Black or African American71%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracial86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education50%
Not special education82%
Limited English proficient (LEP)57%
Proficient in English82%
Migrant78%
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented94%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students85%
Female84%
Male86%
Black or African American69%
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education40%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted83%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students66%
Female69%
Male62%
Black or African American59%
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Special education42%
Not special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)6%
Proficient in English69%
Migrant67%
Non-migrant66%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted64%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students45%
Female54%
Male37%
Black or African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Multiracial57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Special education7%
Not special education47%
Limited English proficient (LEP)5%
Proficient in English48%
Migrant40%
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted43%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students77%
Female79%
Male74%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education13%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English78%
Migrant40%
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students45%
Female47%
Male42%
Black or African American21%
Asiann/a
Hispanic38%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Special education0%
Not special education46%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English45%
Migrant0%
Non-migrant46%
Gifted/talented84%
Non-Gifted41%
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 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

Geometry

All Students89%
Female89%
Male90%
Black or African American86%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education67%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)60%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted88%
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 Students67%
Female64%
Male70%
Black or African American53%
Asiann/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education25%
Not special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)23%
Proficient in English69%
Migrant56%
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted65%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students66%
Female59%
Male72%
Black or African American42%
Asiann/a
Hispanic59%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Special education25%
Not special education68%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English67%
Migrant20%
Non-migrant67%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted63%
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
Hispanic 59% 52%
White 28% 29%
Black 10% 13%
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) 4%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • DANNY WARD
Fax number
  • (512) 365-9334

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