Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Summary:

Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary is a high-performing public elementary school in Texarkana, Texas, serving 358 students in grades K-5. This school stands out as an exceptional educational institution, consistently ranking among the top elementary schools in the state.

The school's academic excellence is evident in its consistently high performance on STAAR tests, with students significantly outperforming district and state averages across all grade levels and subject areas. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, the school's 3rd-grade reading proficiency rate was an impressive 96%, compared to just 42% for the Texarkana Independent School District and 50% for the state of Texas. This consistent top-ranking performance, along with the school's 5-star rating from SchoolDigger, is a testament to its commitment to academic excellence and its ability to provide a high-quality education to its diverse student population, which includes a majority of White students (around 68%) and significant representation of African American (around 14%), Asian (around 5%), and multi-racial (around 6%) students.

The school's success extends beyond just academic achievement, as it also demonstrates a strong focus on equity and inclusion. The school's exceptional performance across different student subgroups, including underrepresented minorities and students from low-income backgrounds, suggests that the school's specialized focus on math and engineering, along with its high student-teacher ratio (around 16:1) and increased per-student spending, may be contributing factors to its outstanding outcomes. This success could serve as a model for other schools, both within the Texarkana Independent School District and across Texas, to emulate in order to improve academic outcomes and provide equitable educational opportunities for all students.


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Public K-5

 4826 University Park
       Texarkana, TX  75503


(903) 791-2262

District: Texarkana Independent School District (Isd)

SchoolDigger Rank:
23rd of 4,647 Texas Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $8,924 Help


Student/teacher ratio:  15.9 Help
Number of students:  358

Racial breakdown:

White:
67.9%
African American:
14.5%
Two or more races:
6.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  28.2% Help


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Compare Details Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary ranks better than 99.5% of elementary schools in Texas. It also ranks first among 7 ranked elementary schools in the Texarkana Independent School District (Isd)! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 99.11. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (67.9%), African American (14.5%), two or more races (6.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 28.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. This is the lowest percentage in the Texarkana Independent School District (Isd). (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary is 15.9. 7 elementary schools in the Texarkana Independent School District (Isd) have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary employs 22.4 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary is $8,924. 7 elementary schools in the Texarkana Independent School District (Isd) spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary 23rd of 4647 Texas public elementary schools. (See Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Texarkana Independent School District (Isd):

SchoolDigger ranks Texarkana Independent School District (Isd) 616th of 968 Texas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2009 89.28 11th 3884 99.7%
2010 87.86 14th 3937 99.6%
2011 88.28 20th 4095 99.5%
2012 96.03 3rd 4206 99.9%
2013 95.82 4th 4221 99.9%
2014 95.56 2nd 4260 100.0%
2015 95.15 3rd 4320 99.9%
2016 95.24 2nd 4286 100.0%
2017 99.77 3rd 4329 99.9%
2018 98.22 52nd 4359 98.8%
2019 99.15 21st 4479 99.5%
2021 99.83 4th 4578 99.9%
2022 99.64 5th 4581 99.9%
2023 99.11 23rd 4647 99.5%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.14 18th 1046 98.3%
2021 92.75 31st 961 96.8%
2023 90.41 44th 1099 96.0%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 92.43 110th 4264 97.4%
2019 98.59 17th 4309 99.6%
2021 99.01 16th 4451 99.6%
2023 99.47 15th 4521 99.7%
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Rank History for Female students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.58 48th 4306 98.9%
2019 98.88 16th 4348 99.6%
2021 99.51 10th 4499 99.8%
2022 99.34 7th 4561 99.8%
2023 98.46 32nd 4588 99.3%
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Rank History for At Risk students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 100.00 1st 4331 100.0%
2022 99.90 6th 4461 99.9%
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Rank History for Male students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 97.74 51st 4319 98.8%
2019 98.76 23rd 4357 99.5%
2021 99.82 2nd 4498 100.0%
2022 99.46 4th 4563 99.9%
2023 98.98 19th 4585 99.6%
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Rank History for African American students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 93.92 65th 2483 97.4%
2019 96.56 30th 2515 98.8%
2021 99.02 16th 2444 99.3%
2022 99.09 8th 2421 99.7%
2023 99.55 5th 2443 99.8%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 99.34 8th 4188 99.8%
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Rank History for White students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 94.46 44th 3127 98.6%
2019 96.72 16th 3142 99.5%
2021 98.58 2nd 3082 99.9%
2022 97.41 6th 3082 99.8%
2023 94.80 35th 3106 98.9%
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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 Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
2008 302 55 10 16 4 n/a n/a 0 387
2009 311 45 11 11 2 n/a n/a 0 380
2010 337 37 10 14 2 n/a n/a 0 400
2011 360 33 10 19 2 2 11 0 437
2012 347 40 15 17 4 1 13 0 437
2013 335 48 17 19 6 0 11 0 436
2014 292 40 14 22 8 0 10 0 386
2015 287 48 15 24 8 0 12 0 394
2016 298 54 12 22 6 0 20 0 412
2017 287 62 12 19 6 0 20 0 406
2018 294 55 15 16 4 0 23 0 407
2019 285 53 21 17 4 0 21 0 401
2020 257 43 22 14 2 0 22 0 360
2021 231 47 21 12 1 0 24 0 336
2022 234 50 21 15 1 0 21 0 342
2023 243 52 20 17 3 1 22 0 358

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 Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 387 21.0 18.4 16
2009 380 21.0 18.1 11.1
2010 400 21.0 19.0 10.8
2011 437 23.0 18.9 11.9
2012 437 23.1 18.8 14.6
2013 436 23.3 18.7 17.4
2014 386 22.1 17.4 16.8
2015 394 21.0 18.7 18.8
2016 412 22.0 18.7 20.6
2017 406 21.2 19.1 22.2
2018 407 21.1 19.2 18.7
2019 401 21.4 18.7 21.2
2020 360 20.8 17.2 21.9
2021 336 22.1 15.1 25.3
2022 342 20.7 16.4 34.5
2023 358 22.4 15.9 28.2

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 Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
2008 387 21.0 18.4 16
2009 380 21.0 18.1 11.1
2010 400 21.0 19.0 10.8
2011 437 23.0 18.9 11.9
2012 437 23.1 18.8 14.6
2013 436 23.3 18.7 17.4
2014 386 22.1 17.4 16.8
2015 394 21.0 18.7 18.8
2016 412 22.0 18.7 20.6
2017 406 21.2 19.1 22.2
2018 407 21.1 19.2 18.7
2019 401 21.4 18.7 21.2
2020 360 20.8 17.2 21.9
2021 336 22.1 15.1 25.3
2022 342 20.7 16.4 34.5
2023 358 22.4 15.9 28.2

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $791 (10.4%) $6,838 (89.6%) $7,629
2020 $1,029 (12.8%) $7,004 (87.2%) $8,032
2021 $1,027 (11.5%) $7,897 (88.5%) $8,924

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary

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Rankings

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Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 21st of 4479 Elementary schoolsRanks 23rd of 4647 Elementary schools
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Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade Reading (Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary)7796
 19%
   3rd Grade Reading (Texarkana Independent School District (Isd))4142
 1%
   3rd Grade Reading (Texas)4450
 6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary)8994
 5%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Texarkana Independent School District (Isd))4331
 12%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Texas)4843
 5%
4th Grade Reading (Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary)8592
 7%
   4th Grade Reading (Texarkana Independent School District (Isd))3836
 2%
   4th Grade Reading (Texas)4347
 4%
4th Grade Mathematics (Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary)9797
   4th Grade Mathematics (Texarkana Independent School District (Isd))4232
 10%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Texas)4647
 1%
5th Grade Reading (Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary)8696
 10%
   5th Grade Reading (Texarkana Independent School District (Isd))4650
 4%
   5th Grade Reading (Texas)5156
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary)9584
 11%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Texarkana Independent School District (Isd))5340
 13%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Texas)5650
 6%
5th Grade Science (Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary)9077
 13%
   5th Grade Science (Texarkana Independent School District (Isd))5130
 21%
   5th Grade Science (Texas)4834
 14%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students401358
 10.7%
African American5352
 1.9%
American Indian43
 25%
Asian2120
 4.8%
Hispanic1717
Pacific Islander01
White285243
 14.7%
Two or More Races2122
 4.8%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients21.2%28.2%
 7%


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Students at Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary are 68% White, 15% African American, 6% Two or more races, 6% Asian, 5% Hispanic.

In the 2022-23 school year, 358 students attended Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary.

Yes! Martha & Josh Morriss Math & Engineering Elementary is one of the best elementary schools in the state. It ranks 23rd of 4647 Texas elementary schools.


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