Gus Birdwell Elementary

Summary:

Gus Birdwell Elementary is a public elementary school in Spearman, Texas, serving 357 students in grades PK-5 as part of the Spearman Independent School District, which is ranked 161 out of 968 districts in the state and has a 4-star rating.

Gus Birdwell Elementary has shown strong academic performance, with students outperforming the state average in several STAAR subjects and grade levels. In 2022-2023, 59% of 3rd graders were proficient or better in STAAR Reading, compared to the state average of 50%, and 70% were proficient or better in STAAR Mathematics, significantly higher than the state's 43%. The school's low student-teacher ratio and increased spending per student indicate a commitment to providing a personalized and well-resourced learning environment. However, the school has a relatively high percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, ranging from 59.66% to 66.13%, suggesting the need for targeted support and interventions to address the unique challenges faced by students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Interestingly, the nearby Gruver Elementary, part of the Gruver Independent School District, which is ranked 10 out of 968 districts in Texas and has a 5-star rating, outperforms Gus Birdwell Elementary in several STAAR subjects, such as 87% of 3rd graders proficient or better in Reading, compared to 59% at Gus Birdwell Elementary. Gruver Elementary also has a lower percentage of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (54.72%) compared to Gus Birdwell Elementary. Exploring the strategies and best practices used by Gruver Elementary could provide valuable insights and opportunities for improvement at Gus Birdwell Elementary.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 511 S Townsend St
       Spearman, TX  79081-4008


(806) 659-2565

District: Spearman Independent School District (Isd)

SchoolDigger Rank:
1744th of 4,647 Texas Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,744 Help


Students who attend Gus Birdwell Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Spearman J H
High:    Spearman High School

Student/teacher ratio:  10.0 Help
Number of students:  357

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
65.5%
White:
33.3%
Two or more races:
0.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  59.7% Help


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Compare Details Gus Birdwell Elementary ranks better than 62.5% of elementary schools in Texas. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 57.24. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (65.5%), White (33.3%), two or more races (0.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 59.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Gus Birdwell Elementary is 10. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Gus Birdwell Elementary is $11,744.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Gus Birdwell Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Gus Birdwell Elementary 1744th of 4647 Texas public elementary schools. (See Gus Birdwell Elementary in the ranking list.)

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White students:


Spearman Independent School District (Isd):

SchoolDigger ranks Spearman Independent School District (Isd) 161st of 968 Texas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Gus Birdwell Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 76.12 626th 3465 81.9%
2005 68.91 1062nd 3475 69.4%
2006 55.16 1773rd 3476 49.0%
2007 46.47 2389th 3724 35.8%
2008 23.27 3339th 3768 11.4%
2009 50.85 2201st 3884 43.3%
2010 43.66 2664th 3937 32.3%
2011 48.71 2486th 4095 39.3%
2012 29.16 3470th 4206 17.5%
2013 20.24 3789th 4221 10.2%
2014 30.52 3384th 4260 20.6%
2015 41.81 2759th 4320 36.1%
2016 54.49 2083rd 4286 51.4%
2017 56.32 1649th 4329 61.9%
2018 59.71 1503rd 4359 65.5%
2019 52.37 1904th 4479 57.5%
2021 77.89 815th 4578 82.2%
2022 62.25 1509th 4581 67.1%
2023 57.24 1744th 4647 62.5%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.74 2673rd 3226 17.1%
2019 29.06 2732nd 3333 18.0%
2021 60.24 978th 3446 71.6%
2022 39.23 2266th 3487 35.0%
2023 31.29 2712th 3556 23.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 34.62 2437th 3799 35.9%
2022 72.48 605th 3952 84.7%
2023 33.10 2880th 4086 29.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.28 2086th 4264 51.1%
2019 44.52 2457th 4309 43.0%
2021 73.91 679th 4451 84.7%
2022 57.31 1658th 4477 63.0%
2023 53.07 1970th 4521 56.4%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 94.60 1st 56 98.2%
2022 93.01 1st 49 98.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.27 1930th 4306 55.2%
2019 57.69 1623rd 4348 62.7%
2021 71.51 1005th 4499 77.7%
2022 58.98 1614th 4561 64.6%
2023 53.19 1968th 4588 57.1%
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Rank History for At Risk students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.56 2688th 4240 36.6%
2019 34.28 3106th 4295 27.7%
2021 71.99 648th 4331 85.0%
2022 51.35 2002nd 4461 55.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 63.67 1287th 4319 70.2%
2019 46.39 2228th 4357 48.9%
2021 81.56 639th 4498 85.8%
2022 63.25 1413th 4563 69.0%
2023 59.05 1628th 4585 64.5%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 45.29 2256th 4168 45.9%
2019 44.62 2339th 4188 44.1%
2021 73.51 743rd 4329 82.8%
2022 54.92 1764th 4376 59.7%
2023 49.09 2107th 4401 52.1%
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Rank History for White students at Gus Birdwell Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 72.19 709th 3127 77.3%
2019 56.28 1316th 3142 58.1%
2021 80.08 375th 3082 87.8%
2022 69.36 803rd 3082 73.9%
2023 67.38 901st 3106 71.0%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Gus Birdwell Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1989 277 0 0 89 0 n/a n/a 0 366
1990 330 0 0 104 2 n/a n/a 0 436
1991 332 0 1 118 0 n/a n/a 0 451
1992 297 0 1 116 0 n/a n/a 0 414
1993 272 0 1 120 0 n/a n/a 0 393
1994 251 0 1 134 0 n/a n/a 0 386
1995 209 0 0 163 0 n/a n/a 0 372
1996 209 0 0 163 0 n/a n/a 0 372
1997 196 0 0 157 0 n/a n/a 0 353
1998 217 0 1 159 0 n/a n/a 0 377
1999 200 0 4 164 0 n/a n/a 0 368
2000 184 1 3 178 0 n/a n/a 0 366
2001 165 0 5 179 0 n/a n/a 0 349
2002 158 0 5 196 0 n/a n/a 0 359
2003 158 0 5 196 0 n/a n/a 0 359
2004 159 0 4 213 0 n/a n/a 0 376
2005 179 0 3 208 0 n/a n/a 0 390
2006 140 1 3 217 0 n/a n/a 0 361
2007 132 0 2 236 0 n/a n/a 0 370
2008 138 0 1 270 0 n/a n/a 0 409
2009 136 0 1 299 0 n/a n/a 0 436
2010 129 0 3 313 0 n/a n/a 0 445
2011 144 0 2 311 1 0 3 0 461
2012 128 0 1 293 1 0 2 0 425
2013 148 0 1 304 1 0 1 0 455
2014 134 0 1 312 1 0 1 0 449
2015 132 0 1 320 0 0 2 0 455
2016 128 0 2 304 0 0 1 0 435
2017 122 0 3 289 0 0 1 0 415
2018 132 0 3 285 0 0 2 0 422
2019 125 0 3 281 0 0 3 0 412
2020 137 0 3 263 0 0 3 0 406
2021 118 0 2 255 0 0 3 0 378
2022 127 0 0 241 0 0 4 0 372
2023 119 0 0 234 1 0 3 0 357

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 Gus Birdwell Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 366 n/a n/a n/a
1990 436 27.0 16.1 n/a
1991 451 26.6 16.9 n/a
1992 414 25.4 16.2 25.8
1993 393 25.0 15.7 37.2
1994 386 26.2 14.7 36.8
1995 372 24.1 15.4 36.3
1996 372 24.1 15.4 36.3
1997 353 25.6 13.8 43.9
1998 377 28.6 13.2 42.2
1999 368 28.7 12.8 56.8
2000 366 28.8 12.7 58.2
2001 349 28.8 12.1 57.6
2002 359 30.0 12.0 56.5
2003 359 30.0 12.0 56.5
2004 376 28.7 13.1 58.2
2005 390 30.5 12.8 57.7
2006 361 29.4 12.3 63.7
2007 370 29.3 12.6 64.3
2008 409 31.1 13.2 60.4
2009 436 33.4 13.0 59.9
2010 445 34.4 12.9 69.9
2011 461 34.7 13.2 66.2
2012 425 32.3 13.1 68.5
2013 455 35.6 12.7 60
2014 449 35.6 12.5 59.9
2015 455 36.0 12.6 60.2
2016 435 38.0 11.4 63
2017 415 37.4 11.0 63.4
2018 422 36.7 11.4 64.5
2019 412 35.9 11.4 64.6
2020 406 34.2 11.8 63.3
2021 378 33.2 11.3 61.1
2022 372 35.0 10.6 66.1
2023 357 35.3 10.0 59.7

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 Gus Birdwell Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1989 366 n/a n/a n/a
1990 436 27.0 16.1 n/a
1991 451 26.6 16.9 n/a
1992 414 25.4 16.2 25.8
1993 393 25.0 15.7 37.2
1994 386 26.2 14.7 36.8
1995 372 24.1 15.4 36.3
1996 372 24.1 15.4 36.3
1997 353 25.6 13.8 43.9
1998 377 28.6 13.2 42.2
1999 368 28.7 12.8 56.8
2000 366 28.8 12.7 58.2
2001 349 28.8 12.1 57.6
2002 359 30.0 12.0 56.5
2003 359 30.0 12.0 56.5
2004 376 28.7 13.1 58.2
2005 390 30.5 12.8 57.7
2006 361 29.4 12.3 63.7
2007 370 29.3 12.6 64.3
2008 409 31.1 13.2 60.4
2009 436 33.4 13.0 59.9
2010 445 34.4 12.9 69.9
2011 461 34.7 13.2 66.2
2012 425 32.3 13.1 68.5
2013 455 35.6 12.7 60
2014 449 35.6 12.5 59.9
2015 455 36.0 12.6 60.2
2016 435 38.0 11.4 63
2017 415 37.4 11.0 63.4
2018 422 36.7 11.4 64.5
2019 412 35.9 11.4 64.6
2020 406 34.2 11.8 63.3
2021 378 33.2 11.3 61.1
2022 372 35.0 10.6 66.1
2023 357 35.3 10.0 59.7

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 Gus Birdwell Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,282 (12.7%) $8,797 (87.3%) $10,079
2020 $1,634 (15.3%) $9,015 (84.7%) $10,649
2021 $1,974 (16.8%) $9,770 (83.2%) $11,744

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Gus Birdwell 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 1904th of 4479 Elementary schoolsRanks 1744th of 4647 Elementary schools
 5%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Reading (Gus Birdwell Elementary)4659
 13%
   3rd Grade Reading (Spearman Independent School District (Isd))4659
 13%
   3rd Grade Reading (Texas)4450
 6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Gus Birdwell Elementary)5670
 14%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Spearman Independent School District (Isd))5670
 14%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Texas)4843
 5%
4th Grade Reading (Gus Birdwell Elementary)3552
 17%
   4th Grade Reading (Spearman Independent School District (Isd))3552
 17%
   4th Grade Reading (Texas)4347
 4%
4th Grade Mathematics (Gus Birdwell Elementary)4452
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Spearman Independent School District (Isd))4452
 8%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Texas)4647
 1%
5th Grade Reading (Gus Birdwell Elementary)4852
 4%
   5th Grade Reading (Spearman Independent School District (Isd))4852
 4%
   5th Grade Reading (Texas)5156
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Gus Birdwell Elementary)6334
 29%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Spearman Independent School District (Isd))6334
 29%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Texas)5650
 6%
5th Grade Science (Gus Birdwell Elementary)5229
 23%
   5th Grade Science (Spearman Independent School District (Isd))5229
 23%
   5th Grade Science (Texas)4834
 14%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students412357
 13.3%
African American00
American Indian01
Asian30
 100%
Hispanic281234
 16.7%
Pacific Islander00
White125119
 4.8%
Two or More Races33
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients64.6%59.7%
 4.9%


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Students at Gus Birdwell Elementary are 66% Hispanic, 33% White.

Students who attend Gus Birdwell Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Spearman J H
High : Spearman High School

Gus Birdwell Elementary ranks 1744th of 4647 Texas elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 3 stars out of 5.

In the 2022-23 school year, 357 students attended Gus Birdwell Elementary.


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