William R. Buckley Elementary

Summary:

William R. Buckley Elementary is a public K-6 school in Porterville, California, serving a student population of 503 as part of the Burton Elementary School District. The school faces several challenges, including lower test scores, increasing chronic absenteeism, and a declining statewide ranking compared to other California elementary schools.

William R. Buckley Elementary has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (68.39%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 51.61% to 92.37% Hispanic. The school's test scores are generally lower than state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts ranging from 31.67% to 52.05% and in Mathematics from 15.48% to 31.58%. Chronic absenteeism has also risen from 3.0% in 2018-2019 to 7.5% in 2022-2023, higher than the 11.0% to 22.4% range of nearby schools. However, the school's English Language Learner students perform relatively well, ranking in the top 30% of California elementary schools in this category.

Compared to nearby schools like Olive Street Elementary and Westfield Elementary, which tend to have higher proficiency rates and better overall performance, William R. Buckley Elementary generally underperforms. The school's declining statewide ranking, from a high of 1,449 out of 5,377 California elementary schools in 2010-2011 to 3,299 out of 5,848 in 2022-2023, suggests opportunities for improvement and learning from the practices of higher-performing schools in the Porterville Unified and Burton Elementary districts.


Detail:

Public K-6

 2573 West Westfield Ave.
       Porterville, CA  93257-9067


(559) 788-6412

District: Burton Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
3312th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $6,282 Help


Students who attend William R. Buckley Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Burton Middle

Student/teacher ratio:  23.9 Help
Number of students:  503

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
68.4%
White:
15.3%
Asian:
10.9%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  78.1% Help


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Compare Details William R. Buckley Elementary ranks worse than 56.4% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks first among 4 ranked elementary schools in the Burton Elementary School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 37.54. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details William R. Buckley Elementary has the largest elementary school student body size in the Burton Elementary School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (68.4%), White (15.3%), Asian (10.9%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 78.1% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Burton Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at William R. Buckley Elementary is 23.9, which is the 2nd best among 4 elementary schools in the Burton Elementary School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at William R. Buckley Elementary is $6,282, which is the highest among 4 elementary schools in the Burton Elementary School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

William R. Buckley Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks William R. Buckley Elementary 3312th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See William R. Buckley Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Hispanic students:


Burton Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Burton Elementary 796th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for William R. Buckley Elementary

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Rank History for all students at William R. Buckley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 49.50 2180th 4809 54.7%
2005 40.19 2704th 4822 43.9%
2006 33.06 3104th 4818 35.6%
2007 31.51 3458th 5113 32.4%
2008 36.38 3177th 5113 37.9%
2009 44.47 2790th 5193 46.3%
2010 76.59 1153rd 5314 78.3%
2011 71.06 1449th 5377 73.1%
2012 63.68 1853rd 5390 65.6%
2013 63.75 1900th 5530 65.6%
2015 35.72 3271st 5611 41.7%
2016 27.63 3961st 5614 29.4%
2017 31.10 3749th 5692 34.1%
2018 28.42 3952nd 5662 30.2%
2019 39.53 3223rd 5789 44.3%
2022 39.16 3141st 5883 46.6%
2023 37.54 3312th 5874 43.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at William R. Buckley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.69 1019th 3246 68.6%
2019 76.19 387th 3275 88.2%
2022 62.54 682nd 3311 79.4%
2023 55.54 965th 3250 70.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at William R. Buckley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.90 3561st 5084 30.0%
2019 43.21 2878th 5173 44.4%
2022 48.17 2387th 5264 54.7%
2023 42.32 2881st 5374 46.4%
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Rank History for Female students at William R. Buckley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.68 3948th 5413 27.1%
2019 37.75 3249th 5492 40.8%
2022 37.52 3157th 5635 44.0%
2023 41.93 2892nd 5617 48.5%
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Rank History for Male students at William R. Buckley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.12 3691st 5431 32.0%
2019 41.22 2960th 5510 46.3%
2022 41.14 2941st 5663 48.1%
2023 33.60 3498th 5650 38.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at William R. Buckley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 33.14 3332nd 4830 31.0%
2019 43.67 2702nd 4963 45.6%
2022 44.42 2567th 5084 49.5%
2023 43.74 2628th 5098 48.5%
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Rank History for White students at William R. Buckley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.92 2403rd 2737 12.2%
2019 23.94 2300th 2834 18.8%
2022 37.35 1818th 2726 33.3%
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Data source: test scores: California 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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Enrollment information for William R. Buckley Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1999 199 1 34 142 5 n/a n/a 0 381
2000 229 1 38 162 2 n/a n/a 0 432
2001 240 0 34 190 2 n/a n/a 0 466
2002 223 2 26 188 5 n/a n/a 0 444
2003 223 2 26 188 5 n/a n/a 0 444
2004 226 5 37 198 2 n/a n/a 0 468
2005 269 4 50 259 1 n/a n/a 0 583
2006 247 4 55 246 0 n/a n/a 0 552
2007 221 2 49 231 0 n/a n/a 0 503
2008 232 3 43 222 1 n/a n/a 0 501
2009 233 6 39 259 7 4 4 0 552
2010 221 9 35 264 6 3 1 0 539
2011 233 8 38 274 5 1 0 0 559
2012 230 5 34 290 5 1 0 0 565
2013 188 5 35 291 5 0 0 0 524
2014 188 6 43 284 2 0 0 0 523
2015 215 6 53 360 6 0 0 0 640
2016 180 4 61 310 3 1 0 0 559
2017 149 3 56 353 3 1 2 0 567
2018 132 3 59 365 5 4 3 0 571
2019 125 3 60 380 6 8 5 0 587
2020 111 2 45 358 10 3 10 0 539
2021 91 1 50 331 10 6 13 0 502
2022 71 1 53 363 8 3 14 0 513
2023 77 2 55 344 7 4 14 0 503

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 William R. Buckley Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1999 381 20.0 19.1 44.4
2000 432 22.0 19.6 42.6
2001 466 23.0 20.3 45.5
2002 444 23.0 19.3 52
2003 444 23.0 19.3 52
2004 468 24.0 19.5 48.9
2005 583 31.0 18.8 51.8
2006 552 29.0 19.0 52.2
2007 503 28.0 18.0 63.4
2008 501 27.0 18.6 50.7
2009 552 28.0 19.0 53.8
2010 539 27.0 19.9 57.3
2011 559 n/a n/a 64.6
2012 565 22.6 24.9 n/a
2013 524 20.1 26.0 68.5
2014 523 21.0 24.9 68.8
2015 640 26.0 24.6 71.7
2016 559 23.0 24.3 69.8
2017 567 24.0 23.6 69.7
2018 571 24.0 23.7 71.8
2019 587 24.0 24.4 72.6
2020 539 n/a n/a 77.7
2021 502 20.0 25.1 78.7
2022 513 20.2 25.3 78.6
2023 503 21.0 23.9 78.1

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 William R. Buckley Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1999 381 20.0 19.1 44.4
2000 432 22.0 19.6 42.6
2001 466 23.0 20.3 45.5
2002 444 23.0 19.3 52
2003 444 23.0 19.3 52
2004 468 24.0 19.5 48.9
2005 583 31.0 18.8 51.8
2006 552 29.0 19.0 52.2
2007 503 28.0 18.0 63.4
2008 501 27.0 18.6 50.7
2009 552 28.0 19.0 53.8
2010 539 27.0 19.9 57.3
2011 559 n/a n/a 64.6
2012 565 22.6 24.9 n/a
2013 524 20.1 26.0 68.5
2014 523 21.0 24.9 68.8
2015 640 26.0 24.6 71.7
2016 559 23.0 24.3 69.8
2017 567 24.0 23.6 69.7
2018 571 24.0 23.7 71.8
2019 587 24.0 24.4 72.6
2020 539 n/a n/a 77.7
2021 502 20.0 25.1 78.7
2022 513 20.2 25.3 78.6
2023 503 21.0 23.9 78.1

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

William R. Buckley Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201296.0%1.0%0.0%3.0%96.0%99.0%99.0%96.0%96.0%
201395.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%99.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%99.0%
201498.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%99.0%99.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%
201599.0%0.0%0.0%1.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201698.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%98.0%100.0%100.0%98.0%100.0%
2017≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
201898.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%98.0%98.0%≥99.0%98.0%≥99.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202297.1%0.0%0.0%97.1%97.1%97.1%97.1%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for William R. Buckley Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $6,282

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

Impact of COVID-19 on William R. Buckley Elementary

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 3223rd of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 3312th of 5874 Elementary schools
 0.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (William R. Buckley Elementary)43.231.7
 11.6%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Burton Elementary)38.237.1
 1.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (William R. Buckley Elementary)47.330
 17.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Burton Elementary)47.337.6
 9.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (William R. Buckley Elementary)50.652.1
 1.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Burton Elementary)42.241.8
 0.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (William R. Buckley Elementary)30.427.4
 3%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Burton Elementary)36.632.9
 3.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (William R. Buckley Elementary)4432.1
 11.9%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Burton Elementary)48.445.2
 3.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (William R. Buckley Elementary)2415.5
 8.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Burton Elementary)28.625
 3.6%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (William R. Buckley Elementary)17.320.2
 2.9%
   5th Grade Science (Burton Elementary)19.324.4
 5.1%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (William R. Buckley Elementary)5146.1
 4.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Burton Elementary)40.541
 0.5%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (William R. Buckley Elementary)28.431.6
 3.2%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Burton Elementary)30.224.1
 6.1%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students587503
 14.3%
African American32
 33.3%
American Indian67
 16.7%
Asian6055
 8.3%
Hispanic380344
 9.5%
Pacific Islander84
 50%
White12577
 38.4%
Two or More Races514
 180%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients72.6%78.1%
 5.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about William R. Buckley Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 503 students attended William R. Buckley Elementary.

Students who attend William R. Buckley Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Burton Middle

Students at William R. Buckley Elementary are 68% Hispanic, 15% White, 11% Asian, 3% Two or more races, 1% American Indian.

William R. Buckley Elementary ranks 3312th of 5874 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.


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