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Joe M Pirtle Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 701 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 20, 2014

This school is amazing. The leadership is simply the best around. If you go to them for anything, they are there for you 100%. The principal makes an effort to greet every child she sees each morning by name! The teachers teach in ways that make learning fun and hands on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2013

Very dissapointed in my child's experience at this school. Most of the teachers are great and seem to enjoy what they do but there are a few that are really bad and treat the children badly. There is no reliable way to report concerns without retaliation and there is no accountability from leadership..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

If you put your complete trust in the school, ignore your children when they cry, and never ask any questions..... your experience at this school will be just fine. Parents are not treated as partners at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

I have my two kids going to this school right from Kindergarten ... loved all the teachers. They are very encouraging. Gives an extra effort for one struggling. That is commendable. First weeks parents are allowed to walk kids to the classroom and then from third week they walk by themselves and if they need help ..there are office staff who help them to the classroom. Even parents can, they just need to sign the visitor register. Which I think is good as Parents in the hallway make it very chaotic ...and otherwise kids are amazing at the hallways. Would give all credits to the staff. Great school...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

We really enjoyed our child's teacher but feel there could be improvements in so many ways. We came from another district and are pretty disappointed. We are used to schools that are heavy in the parent involvement which leads to really amazing events. We miss our old school. - Lack of extra curricular activities -Only has PE and music no art or language classes -Parent involvement is not very welcome -lunchtime kids get treated like military -heavy on worksheets -watch a lot of videos not pertaining to curriculum -
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

To rate this school is not to hard, it has a great outlook, but needs to put the parent back into there place, this school also needs checks and balances, which it doesn't have and to be the best there must be checks and balances.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2009

my daughter goes to Pirtle and I honestly couldnt ask for a better principle and staff! We love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2009

We have been at Pirtle for 4 years now; I have two children who attend. Pirtle has a new principal, Mrs. Neves, this year who has brought a feeling of unity to the teachers and parents; a big improvement. The majority of the teachers seem to truly care about their job and have a love for the students. Belton schools acheive great test scores each year. I would say that is due the community of families who care for their children and their education as well as the school system. Pirtle offers PE and music everyday which my kids love. One negative might be that the teachers don't seem to need or want parental help in the classrooms other than party day planning. I will be sad to leave the Belton area this summer because of the safe, supportive, family-oriented community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

My child is enrolled in the Dual Language Program at Pirtle Elementary. This program provides a select number of students the opportunity to learn what is normally taught in both English and Spanish. The children are divided between two teachers, an English teacher and a Spanish teacher. This is a three year program that is offered for K-2.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2004

This is a great school and both of my children are happy here. The school teaches values and good character. The teachers and staff are very nice and qualified. I am amazed at the amount of resources,plenty of computers. I know my children are receive a quality education at this school.
—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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

119 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

124 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

123 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

116 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

117 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students90%
Female89%
Male91%
Black or African American83%
Asian100%
Hispanic88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students87%
Female90%
Male84%
Black or African American73%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special educationn/a
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant87%
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 Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education92%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education82%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students89%
Female88%
Male90%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Special education64%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
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 Students98%
Female100%
Male97%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education100%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students97%
Female100%
Male95%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special education91%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English98%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students85%
Female84%
Male86%
Black or African American91%
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Special education91%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English88%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%
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

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
94%
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 Students86%
Female82%
Male90%
Black or African American64%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant86%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted85%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female78%
Male88%
Black or African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented88%
Non-Gifted82%
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 Students79%
Female78%
Male79%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education56%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English78%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted77%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students81%
Female76%
Male85%
Black or African American62%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Special education86%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English81%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant81%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

Writing

All Students76%
Female77%
Male75%
Black or African American77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education56%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted75%
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 Students92%
Female97%
Male85%
Black or African American75%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education80%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female94%
Male80%
Black or African American58%
Asian100%
Hispanic82%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education80%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Science

All Students83%
Female86%
Male80%
Black or African American58%
Asian100%
Hispanic73%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education60%
Not special education85%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
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 "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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 59% 29%
Hispanic 24% 52%
Black 11% 13%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 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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Temple, TX 76502
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