Jefferson Elementary

Summary:

Jefferson Elementary is a public elementary school in Harlingen, Texas, serving 249 students in grades PK-5. The school is part of the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, which is ranked 511 out of 968 districts in the state and has a 2-star rating.

Jefferson Elementary faces significant challenges in providing a high-quality education to its students. The school has a significantly higher percentage of Hispanic students (96.39%) compared to nearby schools, and an extremely high percentage of students (97.59%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage. Academically, Jefferson Elementary consistently underperforms the district and state averages in STAAR test scores across all grade levels and subjects. For example, in 2022-2023, the school's 3rd-grade reading proficiency was 30%, compared to the district's 44% and the state's 50%. The school has consistently ranked in the bottom quartile of Texas elementary schools, with a ranking of 3635 out of 4647 schools in 2022-2023 and a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger for the past three school years.

While the nearby schools in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District also serve predominantly Hispanic student populations and have high percentages of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, they generally outperform Jefferson Elementary. For example, Bowie Elementary and Crockett Elementary have higher STAAR proficiency rates and higher overall school rankings. The analysis of Jefferson Elementary's data suggests the need for a comprehensive intervention strategy to address the root causes of the school's academic underperformance and provide a high-quality education that prepares its students for success.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 601 S J St
       Harlingen, TX  78550-6132


(956) 427-3120

District: Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
3635th of 4,647 Texas Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,916 Help


Students who attend Jefferson Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Moises Vela Middle
High:    Harlingen Collegiate High School

Student/teacher ratio:  12.4 Help
Number of students:  249

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
96.4%
African American:
2.4%
White:
1.2%

Free/discounted lunch recipients:  97.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Jefferson Elementary ranks worse than 78.2% of elementary schools in Texas. It also ranks 14th among 17 ranked elementary schools in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 25.83. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Jefferson Elementary has the smallest elementary school student body size in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (96.4%), African American (2.4%), White (1.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 97.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Jefferson Elementary is 12.4, which is the lowest among 17 elementary schools in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Jefferson Elementary is $11,916, which is the 2nd highest among 17 elementary schools in the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Jefferson Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Jefferson Elementary 3635th of 4647 Texas public elementary schools. (See Jefferson Elementary in the ranking list.)

Elementary School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Hispanic students:


Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District 511th of 968 Texas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Jefferson Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 60.80 1456th 3465 58.0%
2005 55.04 1775th 3475 48.9%
2006 44.70 2302nd 3476 33.8%
2007 53.55 2039th 3724 45.2%
2008 61.56 1562nd 3768 58.5%
2009 58.54 1788th 3884 54.0%
2010 62.18 1644th 3937 58.2%
2011 58.98 1880th 4095 54.1%
2012 28.44 3507th 4206 16.6%
2013 54.44 2042nd 4221 51.6%
2014 35.71 3120th 4260 26.8%
2015 51.27 2259th 4320 47.7%
2016 68.99 1329th 4286 69.0%
2017 75.81 840th 4329 80.6%
2018 64.97 1250th 4359 71.3%
2019 53.32 1854th 4479 58.6%
2021 16.35 4123rd 4578 9.9%
2022 16.30 4140th 4581 9.6%
2023 25.83 3635th 4647 21.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 73.05 537th 3226 83.4%
2019 86.83 163rd 3333 95.1%
2021 30.52 2632nd 3446 23.6%
2022 25.88 2947th 3487 15.5%
2023 36.92 2421st 3556 31.9%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 78.06 497th 4264 88.3%
2019 68.80 874th 4309 79.7%
2021 22.72 3868th 4451 13.1%
2022 24.41 3820th 4477 14.7%
2023 35.63 3185th 4521 29.6%
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Rank History for Female students at Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 68.13 1111th 4306 74.2%
2019 60.63 1471st 4348 66.2%
2021 21.11 3807th 4499 15.4%
2022 17.79 4108th 4561 9.9%
2023 26.46 3634th 4588 20.8%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 41.54 2270th 3106 26.9%
2019 56.86 1684th 3184 47.1%
2021 5.00 2932nd 3006 2.5%
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Rank History for At Risk students at Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.68 722nd 4240 83.0%
2019 79.92 430th 4295 90.0%
2021 26.53 3631st 4331 16.2%
2022 22.75 3930th 4461 11.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.15 1472nd 4319 65.9%
2019 47.77 2142nd 4357 50.8%
2021 16.18 4114th 4498 8.5%
2022 17.95 4088th 4563 10.4%
2023 27.03 3602nd 4585 21.4%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Jefferson Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 70.11 853rd 4168 79.5%
2019 61.28 1314th 4188 68.6%
2021 20.91 3845th 4329 11.2%
2022 20.43 3937th 4376 10.0%
2023 30.81 3335th 4401 24.2%
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Data source: test scores: Texas Education Agency, 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 Jefferson Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 0 4 0 482 0 n/a n/a 0 486
1990 0 11 0 490 0 n/a n/a 0 501
1991 5 11 1 501 0 n/a n/a -53 465
1992 6 9 0 528 0 n/a n/a 0 543
1993 9 8 0 550 0 n/a n/a 0 567
1994 5 8 0 409 0 n/a n/a 0 422
1995 4 4 0 395 0 n/a n/a 0 403
1996 4 4 0 395 0 n/a n/a 0 403
1997 9 7 0 391 0 n/a n/a 0 407
1998 5 6 0 349 0 n/a n/a 0 360
1999 1 8 0 369 0 n/a n/a 0 378
2000 4 7 0 409 0 n/a n/a 0 420
2001 4 6 0 382 0 n/a n/a 0 392
2002 0 3 0 382 0 n/a n/a 0 385
2003 0 3 0 382 0 n/a n/a 0 385
2004 4 3 0 379 0 n/a n/a 0 386
2005 2 2 0 384 0 n/a n/a 0 388
2006 1 3 0 377 0 n/a n/a 0 381
2007 1 4 0 371 0 n/a n/a 0 376
2008 2 4 0 361 0 n/a n/a 0 367
2009 4 2 0 387 0 n/a n/a 0 393
2010 6 4 0 383 0 n/a n/a 0 393
2011 4 0 0 384 0 0 1 0 389
2012 4 4 0 404 0 0 0 0 412
2013 3 2 0 327 0 0 0 0 332
2014 4 1 0 341 0 0 0 0 346
2015 9 1 0 299 0 0 0 0 309
2016 2 1 0 313 0 0 0 0 316
2017 5 3 0 306 0 0 0 0 314
2018 8 1 0 347 0 0 0 0 356
2019 5 1 0 327 0 0 0 0 333
2020 6 4 0 308 0 0 0 0 318
2021 5 6 0 291 0 0 0 0 302
2022 0 2 0 255 0 0 0 0 257
2023 3 6 0 240 0 0 0 0 249

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 Jefferson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 486 n/a n/a n/a
1990 501 26.0 19.2 n/a
1991 465 22.2 20.9 n/a
1992 543 25.7 21.1 90.2
1993 567 27.0 21.0 94.5
1994 422 25.0 16.9 88.9
1995 403 26.4 15.3 86.4
1996 403 26.4 15.3 86.4
1997 407 26.2 15.5 91.6
1998 360 24.3 14.8 91.1
1999 378 23.0 16.4 95
2000 420 25.3 16.6 96.9
2001 392 27.0 14.5 97.4
2002 385 23.5 16.4 96.4
2003 385 23.5 16.4 96.4
2004 386 25.8 15.0 95.6
2005 388 24.0 16.2 92.3
2006 381 23.0 16.6 95.5
2007 376 23.4 16.1 92.8
2008 367 23.6 15.6 94
2009 393 24.5 16.0 88
2010 393 25.6 15.3 94.4
2011 389 24.9 15.6 95.4
2012 412 23.4 17.5 95.6
2013 332 22.9 14.4 95.5
2014 346 22.0 15.7 96
2015 309 21.0 14.7 97.7
2016 316 21.0 15.0 96.2
2017 314 21.9 14.2 95.9
2018 356 24.1 14.7 99.7
2019 333 22.0 15.1 99.7
2020 318 21.9 14.4 99.1
2021 302 22.0 13.6 98.7
2022 257 20.9 12.2 98.8
2023 249 19.9 12.4 97.6

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 Jefferson Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 486 n/a n/a n/a
1990 501 26.0 19.2 n/a
1991 465 22.2 20.9 n/a
1992 543 25.7 21.1 90.2
1993 567 27.0 21.0 94.5
1994 422 25.0 16.9 88.9
1995 403 26.4 15.3 86.4
1996 403 26.4 15.3 86.4
1997 407 26.2 15.5 91.6
1998 360 24.3 14.8 91.1
1999 378 23.0 16.4 95
2000 420 25.3 16.6 96.9
2001 392 27.0 14.5 97.4
2002 385 23.5 16.4 96.4
2003 385 23.5 16.4 96.4
2004 386 25.8 15.0 95.6
2005 388 24.0 16.2 92.3
2006 381 23.0 16.6 95.5
2007 376 23.4 16.1 92.8
2008 367 23.6 15.6 94
2009 393 24.5 16.0 88
2010 393 25.6 15.3 94.4
2011 389 24.9 15.6 95.4
2012 412 23.4 17.5 95.6
2013 332 22.9 14.4 95.5
2014 346 22.0 15.7 96
2015 309 21.0 14.7 97.7
2016 316 21.0 15.0 96.2
2017 314 21.9 14.2 95.9
2018 356 24.1 14.7 99.7
2019 333 22.0 15.1 99.7
2020 318 21.9 14.4 99.1
2021 302 22.0 13.6 98.7
2022 257 20.9 12.2 98.8
2023 249 19.9 12.4 97.6

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 Jefferson Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,922 (17.7%) $8,961 (82.3%) $10,883
2020 $2,226 (19.3%) $9,307 (80.7%) $11,533
2021 $3,168 (26.6%) $8,749 (73.4%) $11,916

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Jefferson 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 1854th of 4479 Elementary schoolsRanks 3635th of 4647 Elementary schools
 36.8%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Reading (Jefferson Elementary)3530
 5%
   3rd Grade Reading (Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District)4244
 2%
   3rd Grade Reading (Texas)4450
 6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Jefferson Elementary)5439
 15%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District)5038
 12%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Texas)4843
 5%
4th Grade Reading (Jefferson Elementary)2821
 7%
   4th Grade Reading (Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District)4541
 4%
   4th Grade Reading (Texas)4347
 4%
4th Grade Mathematics (Jefferson Elementary)4152
 11%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District)4343
   4th Grade Mathematics (Texas)4647
 1%
5th Grade Reading (Jefferson Elementary)5043
 7%
   5th Grade Reading (Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District)5156
 5%
   5th Grade Reading (Texas)5156
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Jefferson Elementary)6621
 45%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District)5947
 12%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Texas)5650
 6%
5th Grade Science (Jefferson Elementary)534
 49%
   5th Grade Science (Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District)5235
 17%
   5th Grade Science (Texas)4834
 14%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students333249
 25.2%
African American16
 500%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic327240
 26.6%
Pacific Islander00
White53
 40%
Two or More Races00
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients99.7%97.6%
 2.1%


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In the 2022-23 school year, 249 students attended Jefferson Elementary.

Jefferson Elementary ranks in the bottom 21.8% of Texas elementary schools.

Students who attend Jefferson Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Moises Vela Middle
High : Harlingen Collegiate High School

Students at Jefferson Elementary are 96% Hispanic, 2% African American, 1% White.


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

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