Houston Elementary

Summary:

Houston Elementary is a public elementary school in Visalia, California, serving 526 students from kindergarten to 6th grade. The school is part of the Visalia Unified school district, which is ranked 944 out of 1,560 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating.

Houston Elementary faces significant challenges in providing a high-quality education to its students. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom 10% of California elementary schools over the past several years, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science that are significantly lower than the district and state averages. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, only 21.8% of Houston Elementary students were proficient or better in English Language Arts, compared to 41.73% for the Visalia Unified School District and 46.66% for the state. Additionally, the school has experienced a concerning increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 10.8% in 2017-2018 to 27.4% in 2022-2023, which is much higher than the surrounding schools.

Compared to nearby schools, such as Charter Home School Academy, Shannon Ranch Elementary, and Global Learning Charter, Houston Elementary stands out for its significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (83.08%) and its extremely high percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (90.49%). These factors, combined with the school's persistent low academic performance, suggest that Houston Elementary faces unique challenges that will require a multifaceted approach to address and improve educational outcomes for its students.


Detail:

Public K-6

 1200 North Giddings St.
       Visalia, CA  93291-2851


(559) 730-7772

District: Visalia Unified

SchoolDigger Rank:
5406th of 5,874 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,764 Help


Students who attend Houston Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Green Acres Middle
High:    Redwood High

Student/teacher ratio:  22.3 Help
Number of students:  526

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
83.1%
Two or more races:
11.6%
White:
2.5%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  90.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Houston Elementary ranks worse than 92% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 26th among 27 ranked elementary schools in the Visalia Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 13.93. (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 Racial makeup is: Hispanic (83.1%), two or more races (11.6%), White (2.5%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 90.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Houston Elementary is 22.3, which is the 10th best among 27 elementary schools in the Visalia Unified School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Houston Elementary is $7,764, which is the 12th highest among 27 elementary schools in the Visalia Unified School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Houston Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Houston Elementary 5406th of 5874 California public elementary schools. (See Houston Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Visalia Unified:

SchoolDigger ranks Visalia Unified 946th of 1563 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Houston Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Houston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 11.25 4599th 4809 4.4%
2005 9.95 4657th 4822 3.4%
2006 7.23 4735th 4818 1.7%
2007 23.49 4040th 5113 21.0%
2008 25.90 3903rd 5113 23.7%
2009 15.37 4713th 5193 9.2%
2010 14.58 4925th 5314 7.3%
2011 12.90 5080th 5377 5.5%
2012 25.68 4263rd 5390 20.9%
2013 29.97 4043rd 5530 26.9%
2015 29.28 3758th 5611 33.0%
2016 18.12 4791st 5614 14.7%
2017 12.80 5300th 5692 6.9%
2018 10.94 5389th 5662 4.8%
2019 9.62 5589th 5789 3.5%
2022 11.34 5651st 5883 3.9%
2023 13.93 5406th 5874 8.0%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Houston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.22 2645th 3246 18.5%
2019 27.11 2702nd 3275 17.5%
2022 35.64 2152nd 3311 35.0%
2023 41.60 1704th 3250 47.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Houston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 17.99 2264th 2420 6.4%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Houston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 14.19 4781st 5084 6.0%
2019 13.07 4937th 5173 4.6%
2022 15.47 4942nd 5264 6.1%
2023 19.24 4767th 5374 11.3%
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Rank History for Female students at Houston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 9.82 5236th 5413 3.3%
2019 9.58 5334th 5492 2.9%
2022 13.70 5299th 5635 6.0%
2023 16.73 4987th 5617 11.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Houston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 13.90 5036th 5431 7.3%
2019 10.94 5312th 5510 3.6%
2022 11.23 5486th 5663 3.1%
2023 13.03 5316th 5650 5.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Houston Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 12.75 4607th 4830 4.6%
2019 11.28 4820th 4963 2.9%
2022 14.35 4837th 5084 4.9%
2023 18.23 4598th 5098 9.8%
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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 Houston Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 106 17 239 382 8 n/a n/a 0 752
1989 106 20 263 414 9 n/a n/a 0 812
1990 107 12 330 435 7 n/a n/a 0 891
1991 98 11 361 435 7 n/a n/a 0 912
1992 73 7 382 417 4 n/a n/a 0 883
1993 56 8 334 435 6 n/a n/a 0 839
1994 41 7 353 455 3 n/a n/a 0 859
1995 38 13 292 563 1 n/a n/a 0 907
1996 38 13 292 563 1 n/a n/a 0 907
1997 40 6 276 576 3 n/a n/a 0 901
1998 40 21 227 594 3 n/a n/a 0 885
1999 44 19 223 618 11 n/a n/a 0 915
2000 42 21 158 637 4 n/a n/a 0 862
2001 34 22 160 617 4 n/a n/a 0 837
2002 26 10 70 508 5 n/a n/a 0 619
2003 26 10 70 508 5 n/a n/a 0 619
2004 21 6 59 490 6 n/a n/a 0 582
2005 21 8 47 485 6 n/a n/a 0 567
2006 16 10 43 524 2 n/a n/a 0 595
2007 15 7 42 495 5 n/a n/a 0 564
2008 13 7 38 462 1 n/a n/a 0 521
2009 18 7 24 500 6 0 0 0 555
2010 16 18 19 493 3 0 0 0 549
2011 10 9 20 497 1 0 0 0 537
2012 17 9 16 513 1 0 3 0 559
2013 18 10 17 505 1 0 8 0 559
2014 18 6 19 520 1 0 13 0 577
2015 15 2 13 509 1 0 8 0 548
2016 13 3 19 499 1 0 11 0 546
2017 9 4 15 490 3 0 12 0 533
2018 14 5 13 547 3 0 13 0 595
2019 9 9 17 533 2 1 13 0 584
2020 7 5 17 505 1 1 52 0 588
2021 4 3 17 447 1 1 86 0 559
2022 7 2 9 447 0 1 78 0 544
2023 13 3 11 437 1 0 61 0 526

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 Houston Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 752 30.0 25.0 n/a
1989 812 32.1 25.2 n/a
1990 891 36.2 24.6 n/a
1991 912 37.7 24.1 n/a
1992 883 38.3 23.0 92
1993 839 34.7 24.2 95
1994 859 33.1 26.0 94.4
1995 907 39.3 23.1 94.9
1996 907 39.3 23.1 94.9
1997 901 41.8 21.6 94.9
1998 885 41.6 21.3 94.9
1999 915 44.1 20.7 92.5
2000 862 48.0 18.0 97.7
2001 837 43.1 19.4 92.5
2002 619 33.0 18.8 89.7
2003 619 33.0 18.8 89.7
2004 582 31.5 18.5 95.5
2005 567 27.0 21.0 99.5
2006 595 28.0 21.3 84.9
2007 564 28.0 20.1 94.3
2008 521 29.4 17.7 78.1
2009 555 24.4 21.0 97.1
2010 549 23.0 23.8 93.4
2011 537 n/a n/a 99.4
2012 559 20.0 27.9 n/a
2013 559 18.5 30.2 98.7
2014 577 19.5 29.5 90.5
2015 548 20.0 27.4 85.6
2016 546 20.0 27.3 84.8
2017 533 19.0 28.0 93.1
2018 595 20.0 29.7 90.9
2019 584 22.1 26.3 94.7
2020 588 n/a n/a 93.4
2021 559 24.6 22.6 88.7
2022 544 23.7 22.8 94.7
2023 526 23.5 22.3 90.5

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 Houston Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 752 30.0 25.0 n/a
1989 812 32.1 25.2 n/a
1990 891 36.2 24.6 n/a
1991 912 37.7 24.1 n/a
1992 883 38.3 23.0 92
1993 839 34.7 24.2 95
1994 859 33.1 26.0 94.4
1995 907 39.3 23.1 94.9
1996 907 39.3 23.1 94.9
1997 901 41.8 21.6 94.9
1998 885 41.6 21.3 94.9
1999 915 44.1 20.7 92.5
2000 862 48.0 18.0 97.7
2001 837 43.1 19.4 92.5
2002 619 33.0 18.8 89.7
2003 619 33.0 18.8 89.7
2004 582 31.5 18.5 95.5
2005 567 27.0 21.0 99.5
2006 595 28.0 21.3 84.9
2007 564 28.0 20.1 94.3
2008 521 29.4 17.7 78.1
2009 555 24.4 21.0 97.1
2010 549 23.0 23.8 93.4
2011 537 n/a n/a 99.4
2012 559 20.0 27.9 n/a
2013 559 18.5 30.2 98.7
2014 577 19.5 29.5 90.5
2015 548 20.0 27.4 85.6
2016 546 20.0 27.3 84.8
2017 533 19.0 28.0 93.1
2018 595 20.0 29.7 90.9
2019 584 22.1 26.3 94.7
2020 588 n/a n/a 93.4
2021 559 24.6 22.6 88.7
2022 544 23.7 22.8 94.7
2023 526 23.5 22.3 90.5

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.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Houston Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201293.0%0.0%1.0%6.0%93.0%99.0%98.0%95.0%96.0%
201389.0%1.0%0.0%9.0%93.0%99.0%99.0%93.0%89.0%
201493.0%1.0%0.0%6.0%94.0%97.0%97.0%93.0%94.0%
201598.0%0.0%0.0%3.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.0%99.0%
201699.0%1.0%0.0%0.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%99.0%
201796.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%96.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%96.0%≥98.0%
201896.0%0.0%0.0%4.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%96.0%≥99.0%
2019≥98.0%≤2.0%≤2.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%≥98.0%
202098.2%0.0%0.9%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Houston Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,764

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Houston 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 5589th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 5406th of 5874 Elementary schools
 4.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Houston Elementary)21.826.9
 5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Visalia Unified)41.238
 3.2%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Houston Elementary)16.119.4
 3.3%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Visalia Unified)4237.1
 4.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Houston Elementary)13.615.3
 1.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Visalia Unified)45.235.8
 9.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Houston Elementary)8.512.5
 4%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Visalia Unified)38.133.3
 4.8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Houston Elementary)25.619.2
 6.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Visalia Unified)48.138.5
 9.6%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Houston Elementary)12.57.7
 4.8%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Visalia Unified)29.326.8
 2.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Houston Elementary)16.17.7
 8.4%
   5th Grade Science (Visalia Unified)23.523.5
 0%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Houston Elementary)20.826.4
 5.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Visalia Unified)44.140.1
 4%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Houston Elementary)5.68.3
 2.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Visalia Unified)32.127.8
 4.2%
   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 Students584526
 9.9%
African American93
 66.7%
American Indian21
 50%
Asian1711
 35.3%
Hispanic533437
 18%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White913
 44.4%
Two or More Races1361
 369.2%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients94.7%90.5%
 4.2%


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Students at Houston Elementary are 83% Hispanic, 12% Two or more races, 2% White, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Houston Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Green Acres Middle
High : Redwood High

Houston Elementary ranks in the bottom 8.0% of California elementary schools.

In the 2022-23 school year, 526 students attended Houston Elementary.


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

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