Jonesboro Elementary School

Summary:

Jonesboro Elementary School is a public elementary school in Bessemer, Alabama, serving 525 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Bessemer City School District, which is ranked 127 out of 134 districts in the state and has a 0-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Jonesboro Elementary School faces significant academic and socioeconomic challenges. The school consistently ranks in the bottom 10% of Alabama elementary schools, with low performance on state assessments across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in 2022-2023, only 27.91% of 3rd graders were proficient in math, compared to 43.61% statewide and 16.29% in the Bessemer City district. The school's student subgroups, such as African American, Hispanic, and English Language Learner students, also perform significantly below their peers statewide, ranking in the bottom 20-30% of Alabama schools. Additionally, Jonesboro Elementary has a very high percentage of students (78.48%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage among the student population.

While the nearby schools in the Bessemer City district, such as Greenwood Elementary, Abrams Elementary, and Charles F. Hard Elementary, also perform poorly on state assessments and have similar demographic profiles, some schools outside the Bessemer City district, such as Brighton School and Brocks Gap Intermediate School in the Jefferson County district, demonstrate significantly higher academic performance, even with similar socioeconomic factors.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 125 Owen Ave
       Bessemer, AL  35020


(205) 432-3400

District: Bessemer City

SchoolDigger Rank:
616th of 680 Alabama Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,734 Help


Students who attend Jonesboro Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Bessemer City Middle School
High:    Bessemer City High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.5 Help
Number of students:  525

Racial breakdown:

African American:
72.2%
Hispanic:
23.0%
White:
2.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  78.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Jonesboro Elementary School ranks worse than 90.6% of elementary schools in Alabama. It also ranks 2nd among 5 ranked elementary schools in the Bessemer City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 11.53. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Jonesboro Elementary School has the largest elementary school student body size in the Bessemer City School District. Racial makeup is: African American (72.2%), Hispanic (23%), White (2.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 78.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Jonesboro Elementary School is 17.5, which is the 2nd best among 5 elementary schools in the Bessemer City School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Jonesboro Elementary School is $10,734, which is the lowest among 5 elementary schools in the Bessemer City School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Jonesboro Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Jonesboro Elementary School 616th of 680 Alabama public elementary schools. (See Jonesboro Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Bessemer City:

SchoolDigger ranks Bessemer City 127th of 134 Alabama school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Jonesboro Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 16.15 569th 623 8.7%
2005 32.22 535th 688 22.2%
2006 49.22 376th 689 45.4%
2007 60.88 289th 698 58.6%
2008 58.90 287th 698 58.9%
2009 59.01 301st 696 56.8%
2010 66.49 231st 704 67.2%
2011 57.32 354th 709 50.1%
2012 48.32 444th 696 36.2%
2013 28.71 599th 696 13.9%
2014 6.05 688th 695 1.0%
2015 6.53 684th 691 1.0%
2016 9.21 650th 691 5.9%
2017 10.76 637th 688 7.4%
2018 8.66 641st 680 5.7%
2019 7.06 657th 681 3.5%
2021 12.08 633rd 692 8.5%
2022 10.48 642nd 687 6.6%
2023 11.53 616th 680 9.4%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2022 8.45 61st 64 4.7%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 35.56 71st 100 29.0%
2022 27.06 95th 110 13.6%
2023 16.97 118th 123 4.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 28.95 298th 392 24.0%
2022 30.32 252nd 345 27.0%
2023 14.10 364th 373 2.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 15.10 505th 567 10.9%
2018 10.79 617th 651 5.2%
2019 10.79 622nd 649 4.2%
2021 14.43 599th 653 8.3%
2022 12.57 616th 651 5.4%
2023 18.66 532nd 623 14.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 11.85 594th 639 7.0%
2018 9.71 606th 640 5.3%
2019 11.86 597th 646 7.6%
2021 13.08 598th 656 8.8%
2022 11.63 606th 656 7.6%
2023 13.57 574th 645 11.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2017 11.23 592nd 639 7.4%
2018 9.62 614th 650 5.5%
2019 4.86 646th 650 0.6%
2021 13.09 599th 669 10.5%
2022 10.67 631st 669 5.7%
2023 11.05 594th 649 8.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.32 362nd 423 14.4%
2019 20.84 385th 426 9.6%
2021 24.17 349th 426 18.1%
2022 23.41 358th 426 16.0%
2023 23.50 357th 427 16.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 9.30 139th 140 0.7%
2019 13.11 144th 152 5.3%
2021 19.66 149th 164 9.1%
2022 14.33 166th 175 5.1%
2023 18.83 164th 184 10.9%
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Rank History for White students at Jonesboro Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools AL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 4.67 523rd 529 1.1%
2021 5.67 533rd 539 1.1%
2022 3.08 538th 540 0.4%
2023 9.25 504th 528 4.5%
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Data source: test scores: Alabama State Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Alabama State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Jonesboro Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 0 0 0 0 0 n/a n/a 487 487
1989 264 646 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 910
1990 199 600 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 799
1991 180 603 1 0 0 n/a n/a 0 784
1992 177 601 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 778
1993 147 602 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 749
1994 112 613 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 725
1995 91 617 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 712
1996 91 617 0 4 0 n/a n/a 0 712
1997 88 634 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 724
1998 48 646 0 2 0 n/a n/a 0 696
1999 56 648 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 704
2000 52 671 0 0 0 n/a n/a 0 723
2001 43 683 1 1 0 n/a n/a 0 728
2002 25 611 0 3 1 n/a n/a 0 640
2003 25 611 0 3 1 n/a n/a 0 640
2004 15 595 2 4 1 n/a n/a 5 622
2005 14 625 0 6 0 n/a n/a 0 645
2006 22 740 1 13 0 n/a n/a 0 776
2007 26 724 1 17 0 n/a n/a 0 768
2008 42 774 1 19 0 n/a n/a 0 836
2009 34 816 1 25 1 n/a n/a 0 877
2010 27 875 1 19 1 n/a n/a 0 923
2011 25 929 3 26 1 0 0 0 984
2012 20 922 1 33 1 0 0 0 977
2013 21 873 0 26 1 0 0 0 921
2014 11 703 0 27 1 0 3 0 745
2015 11 666 0 39 0 0 5 0 721
2016 13 596 0 47 2 0 2 0 660
2017 11 529 0 41 2 0 1 0 584
2018 19 533 1 73 1 0 1 0 628
2019 17 501 0 77 1 0 9 0 605
2020 10 464 1 95 0 0 15 0 585
2021 11 422 0 95 4 0 19 0 551
2022 14 434 1 116 3 0 10 0 578
2023 12 379 2 121 2 0 9 0 525

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Jonesboro Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 487 32.0 15.2 0
1989 910 48.0 18.9 n/a
1990 799 44.0 18.1 0
1991 784 45.0 17.4 n/a
1992 778 42.0 18.5 n/a
1993 749 44.0 17.0 n/a
1994 725 44.0 16.5 n/a
1995 712 44.5 16.0 n/a
1996 712 44.5 16.0 n/a
1997 724 43.2 16.8 80
1998 696 45.0 15.5 82.2
1999 704 48.0 14.7 90.5
2000 723 48.0 15.1 88.2
2001 728 48.0 15.2 65.4
2002 640 45.8 14.0 79.7
2003 640 45.8 14.0 79.7
2004 622 43.8 14.2 83.1
2005 645 47.0 13.7 85.7
2006 776 47.0 16.5 80.8
2007 768 51.3 15.0 85.9
2008 836 52.9 15.8 87.1
2009 877 55.3 15.7 87.3
2010 923 49.0 18.8 81.8
2011 984 58.9 16.7 85.2
2012 977 61.9 15.7 89.6
2013 921 66.0 13.9 88.5
2014 745 55.5 13.4 84
2015 721 44.0 16.3 69.3
2016 660 40.0 16.5 72.7
2017 584 37.0 15.7 69
2018 628 33.0 19.0 80.7
2019 605 32.2 18.7 79.3
2020 585 30.2 19.3 79
2021 551 35.2 15.6 79.7
2022 578 29.0 19.9 79.1
2023 525 30.0 17.5 78.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Jonesboro Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 487 32.0 15.2 0
1989 910 48.0 18.9 n/a
1990 799 44.0 18.1 0
1991 784 45.0 17.4 n/a
1992 778 42.0 18.5 n/a
1993 749 44.0 17.0 n/a
1994 725 44.0 16.5 n/a
1995 712 44.5 16.0 n/a
1996 712 44.5 16.0 n/a
1997 724 43.2 16.8 80
1998 696 45.0 15.5 82.2
1999 704 48.0 14.7 90.5
2000 723 48.0 15.1 88.2
2001 728 48.0 15.2 65.4
2002 640 45.8 14.0 79.7
2003 640 45.8 14.0 79.7
2004 622 43.8 14.2 83.1
2005 645 47.0 13.7 85.7
2006 776 47.0 16.5 80.8
2007 768 51.3 15.0 85.9
2008 836 52.9 15.8 87.1
2009 877 55.3 15.7 87.3
2010 923 49.0 18.8 81.8
2011 984 58.9 16.7 85.2
2012 977 61.9 15.7 89.6
2013 921 66.0 13.9 88.5
2014 745 55.5 13.4 84
2015 721 44.0 16.3 69.3
2016 660 40.0 16.5 72.7
2017 584 37.0 15.7 69
2018 628 33.0 19.0 80.7
2019 605 32.2 18.7 79.3
2020 585 30.2 19.3 79
2021 551 35.2 15.6 79.7
2022 578 29.0 19.9 79.1
2023 525 30.0 17.5 78.5

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Jonesboro Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $2,973 (27.7%) $7,745 (72.2%) $10,734

Data source: Alabama Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Jonesboro Elementary School

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 657th of 681 Elementary schoolsRanks 616th of 680 Elementary schools
 5.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Mathematics (Jonesboro Elementary School)19.527.9
 8.4%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Bessemer City)25.616.3
 9.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Alabama)57.543.6
 13.9%
4th Grade Mathematics (Jonesboro Elementary School)22.88.6
 14.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Bessemer City)27.18.9
 18.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Alabama)47.334.9
 12.4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Jonesboro Elementary School)13.40
 13.4%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Bessemer City)23.56.4
 17.2%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Alabama)44.933.9
 10.9%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students605525
 13.2%
African American501379
 24.4%
American Indian12
 100%
Asian02
Hispanic77121
 57.1%
Pacific Islander00
White1712
 29.4%
Two or More Races99
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients79.3%78.5%
 0.9%


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Students who attend Jonesboro Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Bessemer City Middle School
High : Bessemer City High School

Students at Jonesboro Elementary School are 72% African American, 23% Hispanic, 2% White, 2% Two or more races.

In the 2022-23 school year, 525 students attended Jonesboro Elementary School.

Jonesboro Elementary School ranks in the bottom 9.4% of Alabama elementary schools.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Alabama State Department of Education.

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