Cottonwood Elementary

Summary:

Cottonwood Elementary is a public elementary school in Rigby, Idaho, serving 626 students in grades K-5. While part of the Jefferson County Joint District, which is ranked 19 out of 56 districts in the state, Cottonwood Elementary faces several challenges compared to nearby schools.

Cottonwood Elementary has a higher percentage of white students (82.11%) than surrounding schools, which range from 73.57% to 92.18% white. The school also has a higher chronic absenteeism rate (19.0%) compared to nearby schools, which range from 15.3% to 21.7%. Academically, Cottonwood Elementary's test scores are generally lower than district and state averages, with proficiency rates in ISAT Math (43.4%) and ISAT English Language Arts (39.5%) falling below the Jefferson County Joint District (47.8% and 54.1%) and the state (41.5% and 52.2%). Additionally, Cottonwood Elementary has a higher percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (32.11%) compared to the surrounding schools, which range from 28.22% to 46.13%.

Cottonwood Elementary's performance has been declining, with its statewide ranking dropping from 131 out of 166 Idaho elementary schools in 2020-2021 to 167 out of 252 in 2022-2023, and its SchoolDigger star rating decreasing from 1 to 2 over the same period. The school also faces gender disparities, with its female and male students consistently ranking in the bottom 3 and bottom 2 of Idaho elementary schools, respectively, in terms of academic performance. Compared to the nearby Jefferson Elementary School, which is only 2.66 miles away, Cottonwood Elementary underperforms across multiple subjects and grade levels.


Detail:

Public K-5

 3955 East 200 North
       Rigby, ID  83442


(208) 332-6800

District: Jefferson County Joint District

SchoolDigger Rank:
167th of 252 Idaho Elementary Schools


Student/teacher ratio:  21.1 Help
Number of students:  626

Racial breakdown:

White:
82.1%
Hispanic:
15.7%
Two or more races:
1.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  32.1% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Cottonwood Elementary ranks worse than 66.3% of elementary schools in Idaho. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 36. (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.
Schooldigger Rankings:

Cottonwood Elementary was not ranked this year due to insufficient test score data.

Jefferson County Joint District:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson County Joint District 19th of 56 Idaho school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cottonwood Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 23.10 131st 166 21.1%
2022 35.59 125th 188 33.5%
2023 36.00 167th 252 33.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 12.85 18th 19 5.3%
2022 29.66 22nd 23 4.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Cottonwood Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools ID State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 14.77 18th 19 5.3%
2022 23.88 21st 23 8.7%
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Data source: test scores: Idaho 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 Cottonwood Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2021 518 4 1 86 0 1 9 0 619
2022 543 3 1 98 0 1 12 0 658
2023 514 2 1 98 2 2 7 0 626

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 Cottonwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2021 619 27.7 22.3 25.7
2022 658 28.4 23.1 12.8
2023 626 29.6 21.1 32.1

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 Cottonwood Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2021 619 27.7 22.3 25.7
2022 658 28.4 23.1 12.8
2023 626 29.6 21.1 32.1

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.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Cottonwood Elementary

Students at Cottonwood Elementary are 82% White, 16% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races.

Cottonwood Elementary ranks 167th of 252 Idaho elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 626 students attended Cottonwood 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 Idaho Department of Education.

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