Cordley Elementary

Summary:

Cordley Elementary is a public elementary school in Lawrence, Kansas, serving 275 students from kindergarten to 5th grade. The school stands out for its diverse student population, with a higher percentage of Hispanic and multiracial students compared to nearby schools.

Academically, Cordley Elementary's performance is generally on par with or slightly below the Lawrence district and Kansas state averages in English Language Arts and Mathematics. However, the school's Science proficiency rate is notably lower, with only 27.27% of students scoring proficient or better, compared to the district average of 36.61% and the state average of 31.13%. Cordley also has a higher percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 50.55% receiving free or reduced-price lunch, significantly more than nearby schools like Deerfield Elementary (28.23%) and Sunflower Elementary (46.58%).

Cordley Elementary's academic performance has declined over the years, with proficiency rates in both English Language Arts and Mathematics dropping in the 2022-2023 school year. The school's statewide ranking has also fluctuated, ranging from 108 out of 656 Kansas elementary schools in 2015-2016 to 356 out of 660 in 2022-2023, suggesting that factors beyond just academic achievement may be influencing the school's overall performance. Addressing the needs of Cordley's diverse student population and understanding the factors contributing to its performance trends could be crucial in improving the school's outcomes and ensuring equitable educational opportunities for all students.


Detail:

Public K-5

 1837 Vermont St
       Lawrence, KS  66044-4197


(785) 832-5640

District: Lawrence

SchoolDigger Rank:
356th of 660 Kansas Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $13,778 Help


Students who attend Cordley Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School
High:    Lawrence High

Student/teacher ratio:  11.6 Help
Number of students:  275

Racial breakdown:

White:
53.8%
Hispanic:
21.8%
Two or more races:
13.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  50.5% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Cordley Elementary ranks worse than 53.9% of elementary schools in Kansas. It also ranks 9th among 13 ranked elementary schools in the Lawrence School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 46.71. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Cordley Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: White (53.8%), Hispanic (21.8%), two or more races (13.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 50.5% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Cordley Elementary is 11.6, which is the 2nd best among 13 elementary schools in the Lawrence School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Cordley Elementary is $13,778, which is the highest among 13 elementary schools in the Lawrence School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Cordley Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Cordley Elementary 356th of 660 Kansas public elementary schools. (See Cordley Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


Low Socio Economic Status students:
White students:


Lawrence:

SchoolDigger ranks Lawrence 97th of 269 Kansas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Cordley Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Cordley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 78.13 84th 585 85.6%
2007 64.97 234th 600 61.0%
2008 61.93 280th 614 54.4%
2009 49.29 401st 621 35.4%
2010 38.97 472nd 630 25.1%
2011 62.69 278th 631 55.9%
2012 63.89 280th 660 57.6%
2013 54.84 386th 668 42.2%
2015 68.50 181st 678 73.3%
2016 79.06 108th 656 83.5%
2017 73.23 131st 659 80.1%
2018 74.73 128th 656 80.5%
2019 58.57 250th 667 62.5%
2021 56.77 275th 670 59.0%
2022 53.91 295th 668 55.8%
2023 46.71 356th 660 46.1%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Cordley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.82 7th 129 94.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Cordley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.45 351st 512 31.4%
2019 36.14 358th 509 29.7%
2021 14.70 465th 494 5.9%
2022 43.06 315th 512 38.5%
2023 30.37 413th 541 23.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Cordley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 85.67 52nd 574 90.9%
2019 71.15 142nd 591 76.0%
2021 57.61 235th 591 60.2%
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Rank History for Male students at Cordley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 58.64 226th 575 60.7%
2019 46.76 312th 586 46.8%
2021 50.55 290th 605 52.1%
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Rank History for White students at Cordley Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools KS State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 83.95 59th 574 89.7%
2019 70.96 130th 592 78.0%
2021 79.90 83rd 587 85.9%
2022 62.59 184th 596 69.1%
2023 55.69 239th 584 59.1%
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Data source: test scores: Kansas 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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Enrollment information for Cordley Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 268 31 6 1 11 n/a n/a 0 317
1989 261 27 7 2 14 n/a n/a 0 311
1990 259 27 6 3 15 n/a n/a 0 310
1991 236 23 8 2 7 n/a n/a 0 276
1992 249 20 7 2 7 n/a n/a 0 285
1993 230 28 8 5 10 n/a n/a 0 281
1994 201 37 10 2 13 n/a n/a 0 263
1995 175 31 10 5 15 n/a n/a 0 236
1996 175 31 10 5 15 n/a n/a 0 236
1997 215 35 9 5 17 n/a n/a 0 281
1998 175 27 9 4 24 n/a n/a 0 239
1999 211 30 4 4 22 n/a n/a 0 271
2000 161 31 2 6 21 n/a n/a 0 221
2001 201 36 5 7 15 n/a n/a 0 264
2002 153 30 9 12 11 n/a n/a 0 215
2003 153 30 9 12 11 n/a n/a 0 215
2004 157 14 5 5 13 n/a n/a 25 219
2005 141 14 3 2 9 n/a n/a 23 192
2006 142 17 3 2 14 n/a n/a 16 194
2007 163 19 8 11 15 n/a n/a 0 216
2008 168 17 16 24 14 n/a n/a 0 239
2009 165 19 21 34 20 n/a n/a 1 260
2010 184 27 25 43 22 0 15 0 316
2011 178 17 19 38 18 1 24 0 295
2012 182 11 22 37 21 0 21 0 294
2013 175 18 22 38 15 0 24 0 292
2014 175 14 19 47 11 0 27 0 293
2015 162 14 20 41 9 0 23 0 269
2016 160 14 17 55 9 1 22 0 278
2017 150 11 15 48 4 0 22 0 250
2018 136 15 20 44 5 0 21 0 241
2019 134 11 20 39 9 0 17 0 230
2020 116 18 16 37 8 0 23 0 218
2021 107 15 11 37 4 0 33 0 207
2022 148 23 11 49 5 0 43 0 279
2023 148 12 11 60 8 0 36 0 275

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 Cordley Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 317 22.0 14.4 0
1989 311 19.0 16.3 n/a
1990 310 24.2 12.8 0
1991 276 22.2 12.4 n/a
1992 285 21.5 13.2 43.9
1993 281 21.0 13.4 38.4
1994 263 21.7 12.1 40.3
1995 236 18.4 12.8 50.4
1996 236 18.4 12.8 50.4
1997 281 21.1 13.3 36.3
1998 239 20.2 11.8 40.6
1999 271 20.9 13.0 38
2000 221 18.8 11.8 42.5
2001 264 19.9 13.3 38.6
2002 215 17.8 12.1 39.1
2003 215 17.8 12.1 39.1
2004 219 16.8 13.0 33
2005 192 16.3 11.8 38.5
2006 194 19.7 9.8 36.5
2007 216 22.6 9.6 33.3
2008 239 21.9 10.9 36
2009 260 23.4 11.1 39.4
2010 316 24.2 13.0 47.2
2011 295 19.8 14.8 40.7
2012 294 20.6 14.2 45.6
2013 292 n/a n/a 44.5
2014 293 23.2 12.6 46.4
2015 269 20.0 13.4 44.2
2016 278 22.0 12.6 43.9
2017 250 21.5 11.6 40.8
2018 241 20.4 11.8 42.7
2019 230 21.4 10.7 41.3
2020 218 19.4 11.2 46.3
2021 207 18.2 11.3 39.6
2022 279 26.1 10.6 41.2
2023 275 23.6 11.6 50.5

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 Cordley Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 317 22.0 14.4 0
1989 311 19.0 16.3 n/a
1990 310 24.2 12.8 0
1991 276 22.2 12.4 n/a
1992 285 21.5 13.2 43.9
1993 281 21.0 13.4 38.4
1994 263 21.7 12.1 40.3
1995 236 18.4 12.8 50.4
1996 236 18.4 12.8 50.4
1997 281 21.1 13.3 36.3
1998 239 20.2 11.8 40.6
1999 271 20.9 13.0 38
2000 221 18.8 11.8 42.5
2001 264 19.9 13.3 38.6
2002 215 17.8 12.1 39.1
2003 215 17.8 12.1 39.1
2004 219 16.8 13.0 33
2005 192 16.3 11.8 38.5
2006 194 19.7 9.8 36.5
2007 216 22.6 9.6 33.3
2008 239 21.9 10.9 36
2009 260 23.4 11.1 39.4
2010 316 24.2 13.0 47.2
2011 295 19.8 14.8 40.7
2012 294 20.6 14.2 45.6
2013 292 n/a n/a 44.5
2014 293 23.2 12.6 46.4
2015 269 20.0 13.4 44.2
2016 278 22.0 12.6 43.9
2017 250 21.5 11.6 40.8
2018 241 20.4 11.8 42.7
2019 230 21.4 10.7 41.3
2020 218 19.4 11.2 46.3
2021 207 18.2 11.3 39.6
2022 279 26.1 10.6 41.2
2023 275 23.6 11.6 50.5

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 Cordley Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $736 (5.3%) $13,042 (94.7%) $13,778

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Cordley Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 250th of 667 Elementary schoolsRanks 356th of 660 Elementary schools
 16.5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Cordley Elementary)41.444.4
 3.1%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)47.945.2
 2.8%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Kansas)40.638.1
 2.5%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Cordley Elementary)51.747.8
 3.9%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)52.757.5
 4.7%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Kansas)50.350.4
 0.2%
4th Grade English Language Arts (Cordley Elementary)43.247.8
 4.6%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)54.349.5
 4.7%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Kansas)47.642.8
 4.8%
4th Grade Mathematics (Cordley Elementary)3045.7
 15.7%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)40.737.2
 3.5%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Kansas)36.137.6
 1.5%
5th Grade English Language Arts (Cordley Elementary)55.836.4
 19.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Lawrence)49.447.9
 1.5%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Kansas)43.539.6
 4%
5th Grade Mathematics (Cordley Elementary)38.918.2
 20.7%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Lawrence)38.834.9
 3.9%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Kansas)31.931.3
 0.6%
5th Grade Science (Cordley Elementary)61.127.3
 33.8%
   5th Grade Science (Lawrence)4945.8
 3.1%
   5th Grade Science (Kansas)43.142.1
 1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students230275
 19.6%
African American1112
 9.1%
American Indian98
 11.1%
Asian2011
 45%
Hispanic3960
 53.8%
Pacific Islander00
White134148
 10.4%
Two or More Races1736
 111.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients41.3%50.5%
 9.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Cordley Elementary

In the 2022-23 school year, 275 students attended Cordley Elementary.

Cordley Elementary ranks 356th of 660 Kansas elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students at Cordley Elementary are 54% White, 22% Hispanic, 13% Two or more races, 4% African American, 4% Asian, 3% American Indian.

Students who attend Cordley Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Lawrence Liberty Memorial Central Mid School
High : Lawrence High


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

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