Armando Cuellar Middle

Summary:

Armando Cuellar Middle is a public middle school located in Weslaco, Texas, serving grades 6-8 with a student population of 626. The school is part of the Weslaco Independent School District, which is ranked 594 out of 968 districts in Texas and has a 2-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Armando Cuellar Middle faces significant challenges in improving its overall academic performance and student outcomes. The school has a predominantly Hispanic student population (98.4%) and a high percentage of students (around 88%) who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage. Armando Cuellar Middle has consistently ranked in the bottom half of Texas middle schools, receiving a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger, and its performance is particularly low for its Hispanic, English Language Learner, and Low Socioeconomic Status student subgroups. The school's STAAR test scores are significantly below the state and district averages across all grade levels and subject areas, with the school consistently performing in the 30-40% proficiency range.

While Armando Cuellar Middle's performance in Algebra I and English I End-of-Course exams is commendable, with 100% proficiency rates, the broader academic struggles across other subject areas and grade levels indicate a need for a comprehensive review of the school's curriculum, instructional practices, and support systems. Compared to nearby middle schools within the Weslaco Independent School District, such as Beatriz G Garza Middle and Mary Hoge Middle, Armando Cuellar Middle's performance is generally lower, with lower test scores and statewide rankings. When compared to middle schools in the neighboring Donna Independent School District and Mercedes Independent School District, Armando Cuellar Middle still performs significantly worse, suggesting a need for targeted interventions and support to address the unique needs of its student body.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 1201 S Bridge St
       Weslaco, TX  78596-7905


(956) 969-6720

District: Weslaco Independent School District (Isd)

SchoolDigger Rank:
1740th of 2,330 Texas Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $11,657 Help


Students who attend Armando Cuellar Middle usually attend:

High:    Weslaco East High School

Feeder schools for Armando Cuellar Middle:

Elementary:    Dr R E Margo Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  13.3 Help
Number of students:  626

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
98.4%
African American:
1.1%
White:
0.3%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  88.2% Help


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Compare Details Armando Cuellar Middle ranks worse than 74.7% of middle schools in Texas. It also ranks 3rd among 4 ranked middle schools in the Weslaco Independent School District (Isd). (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 29.24. (See more...)
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The high school dropout rate measures the percentage of students who do not complete their high school education.
Student Body
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Compare Details Armando Cuellar Middle has the smallest middle school student body size in the Weslaco Independent School District (Isd). Racial makeup is: Hispanic (98.4%), African American (1.1%), White (0.3%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 88.2% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Armando Cuellar Middle is 13.3, which is the lowest among 4 middle schools in the Weslaco Independent School District (Isd)! (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Armando Cuellar Middle is $11,657, which is the highest among 4 middle schools in the Weslaco Independent School District (Isd)!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Armando Cuellar Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Armando Cuellar Middle 1740th of 2330 Texas public middle schools. (See Armando Cuellar Middle in the ranking list.)

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Weslaco Independent School District (Isd):

SchoolDigger ranks Weslaco Independent School District (Isd) 594th of 968 Texas school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Armando Cuellar Middle

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Rank History for all students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 39.85 1126th 1573 28.4%
2005 43.87 1013th 1582 36.0%
2006 48.10 928th 1585 41.5%
2007 37.61 1226th 1684 27.2%
2008 43.49 1159th 1718 32.5%
2009 44.79 1166th 1763 33.9%
2010 31.37 1493rd 1803 17.2%
2011 38.80 1433rd 1895 24.4%
2012 28.19 1548th 1951 20.7%
2013 31.68 1525th 1973 22.7%
2014 28.83 1546th 1987 22.2%
2015 29.95 1574th 2043 23.0%
2016 24.99 1647th 1987 17.1%
2017 37.32 1266th 2027 37.5%
2018 39.28 1258th 2080 39.5%
2019 40.42 1274th 2193 41.9%
2021 22.52 1810th 2252 19.6%
2022 27.29 1724th 2254 23.5%
2023 29.24 1740th 2330 25.3%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.66 616th 1376 55.2%
2019 48.98 589th 1445 59.2%
2021 30.58 1217th 1592 23.6%
2022 23.65 1453rd 1643 11.6%
2023 26.61 1386th 1720 19.4%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 31.85 1164th 1597 27.1%
2019 38.05 968th 1626 40.5%
2021 33.15 1199th 1712 30.0%
2022 41.64 914th 1757 48.0%
2023 35.46 1188th 1815 34.5%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 44.81 1082nd 2039 46.9%
2019 45.00 1112th 2073 46.4%
2021 28.48 1687th 2172 22.3%
2022 33.89 1583rd 2220 28.7%
2023 33.32 1596th 2251 29.1%
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Rank History for Migrant students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 27.62 109th 125 12.8%
2019 44.05 68th 108 37.0%
2023 26.05 69th 76 9.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.03 1340th 2008 33.3%
2019 37.66 1310th 2047 36.0%
2021 24.80 1701st 2151 20.9%
2022 27.28 1715th 2221 22.8%
2023 33.21 1594th 2241 28.9%
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Rank History for Gifted and Talented students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 57.73 707th 1430 50.6%
2019 61.35 658th 1446 54.5%
2021 68.78 489th 1501 67.4%
2022 67.80 462nd 1488 69.0%
2023 59.31 761st 1481 48.6%
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Rank History for At Risk students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.14 1205th 2008 40.0%
2019 43.72 1074th 2058 47.8%
2021 23.50 1864th 2118 12.0%
2022 39.32 1301st 2182 40.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 43.26 1091st 2030 46.3%
2019 41.83 1160th 2069 43.9%
2021 22.49 1776th 2168 18.1%
2022 27.07 1722nd 2228 22.7%
2023 25.48 1773rd 2245 21.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 46.03 942nd 1895 50.3%
2019 47.50 945th 1935 51.2%
2021 28.69 1553rd 2043 24.0%
2022 33.26 1464th 2077 29.5%
2023 35.76 1423rd 2116 32.8%
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Rank History for White students at Armando Cuellar Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools TX State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 7.69 1644th 1673 1.7%
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Data source: test scores: Texas Education Agency, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Armando Cuellar Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1992 42 0 0 1062 0 n/a n/a 0 1104
1993 34 1 2 908 0 n/a n/a 0 945
1994 22 1 1 858 0 n/a n/a 0 882
1995 19 1 0 851 0 n/a n/a 0 871
1996 19 1 0 851 0 n/a n/a 0 871
1997 12 1 0 849 0 n/a n/a 0 862
1998 18 2 1 870 0 n/a n/a 0 891
1999 15 1 2 902 0 n/a n/a 0 920
2000 15 3 2 933 0 n/a n/a 0 953
2001 17 4 1 644 1 n/a n/a 0 667
2002 17 1 0 692 1 n/a n/a 0 711
2003 17 1 0 692 1 n/a n/a 0 711
2004 22 2 1 695 1 n/a n/a 0 721
2005 21 1 2 697 1 n/a n/a 0 722
2006 18 0 5 660 0 n/a n/a 0 683
2007 8 2 3 653 0 n/a n/a 0 666
2008 7 1 1 666 0 n/a n/a 0 675
2009 5 2 2 745 0 n/a n/a 0 754
2010 5 3 1 697 0 n/a n/a 0 706
2011 8 5 0 763 1 0 1 0 778
2012 7 2 3 727 0 0 2 0 741
2013 8 1 3 825 0 0 0 0 837
2014 7 1 2 824 1 0 0 0 835
2015 6 0 0 795 1 0 0 0 802
2016 5 0 1 728 3 0 0 0 737
2017 13 1 0 667 2 0 0 0 683
2018 15 2 0 725 2 0 0 0 744
2019 4 2 0 759 1 0 0 0 766
2020 1 2 0 786 0 0 0 0 789
2021 4 2 0 759 0 0 1 0 766
2022 3 1 0 655 0 0 1 0 660
2023 2 7 0 616 0 0 1 0 626

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

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Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Armando Cuellar Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 1104 63.5 17.3 73.6
1993 945 65.0 14.5 73.2
1994 882 58.7 15.0 76.2
1995 871 60.3 14.4 87.7
1996 871 60.3 14.4 87.7
1997 862 57.7 14.9 88.2
1998 891 58.2 15.3 84.1
1999 920 59.9 15.4 87
2000 953 60.6 15.7 83
2001 667 42.8 15.6 76.2
2002 711 53.0 13.4 73.1
2003 711 53.0 13.4 73.1
2004 721 51.9 13.9 67.5
2005 722 50.2 14.4 62.5
2006 683 53.1 12.9 43
2007 666 56.8 11.7 20
2008 675 48.7 13.9 3.7
2009 754 49.8 15.1 0
2010 706 48.6 14.5 0
2011 778 47.9 16.2 0
2012 741 48.5 15.2 0
2013 837 52.1 16.0 89
2014 835 52.4 15.9 90.5
2015 802 55.0 14.5 68.6
2016 737 53.0 13.9 83.4
2017 683 55.8 12.2 86.7
2018 744 54.8 13.5 85.2
2019 766 55.9 13.6 85
2020 789 53.2 14.8 86.6
2021 766 53.1 14.4 87.1
2022 660 50.5 13.0 85.3
2023 626 46.7 13.3 88.2

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 Armando Cuellar Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1992 1104 63.5 17.3 73.6
1993 945 65.0 14.5 73.2
1994 882 58.7 15.0 76.2
1995 871 60.3 14.4 87.7
1996 871 60.3 14.4 87.7
1997 862 57.7 14.9 88.2
1998 891 58.2 15.3 84.1
1999 920 59.9 15.4 87
2000 953 60.6 15.7 83
2001 667 42.8 15.6 76.2
2002 711 53.0 13.4 73.1
2003 711 53.0 13.4 73.1
2004 721 51.9 13.9 67.5
2005 722 50.2 14.4 62.5
2006 683 53.1 12.9 43
2007 666 56.8 11.7 20
2008 675 48.7 13.9 3.7
2009 754 49.8 15.1 0
2010 706 48.6 14.5 0
2011 778 47.9 16.2 0
2012 741 48.5 15.2 0
2013 837 52.1 16.0 89
2014 835 52.4 15.9 90.5
2015 802 55.0 14.5 68.6
2016 737 53.0 13.9 83.4
2017 683 55.8 12.2 86.7
2018 744 54.8 13.5 85.2
2019 766 55.9 13.6 85
2020 789 53.2 14.8 86.6
2021 766 53.1 14.4 87.1
2022 660 50.5 13.0 85.3
2023 626 46.7 13.3 88.2

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.
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Armando Cuellar Middle

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,014 (9.7%) $9,481 (90.3%) $10,496
2020 $1,413 (12.6%) $9,757 (87.3%) $11,171
2021 $1,400 (12.0%) $10,257 (88.0%) $11,657

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Armando Cuellar Middle

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1274th of 2193 Middle schoolsRanks 1740th of 2330 Middle schools
 16.6%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade Reading (Armando Cuellar Middle)2031
 11%
   6th Grade Reading (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))2738
 11%
   6th Grade Reading (Texas)3550
 15%
6th Grade Mathematics (Armando Cuellar Middle)2923
 6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))3024
 6%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Texas)4537
 8%
7th Grade Reading (Armando Cuellar Middle)3440
 6%
   7th Grade Reading (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))3647
 11%
   7th Grade Reading (Texas)4752
 5%
7th Grade Mathematics (Armando Cuellar Middle)4724
 23%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))4231
 11%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Texas)4135
 6%
8th Grade Reading (Armando Cuellar Middle)4139
 2%
   8th Grade Reading (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))3846
 8%
   8th Grade Reading (Texas)5356
 3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Armando Cuellar Middle)6440
 24%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))6944
 25%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Texas)5544
 11%
8th Grade Science (Armando Cuellar Middle)4332
 11%
   8th Grade Science (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))4942
 7%
   8th Grade Science (Texas)4945
 4%
8th Grade Social Studies (Armando Cuellar Middle)3421
 13%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))3526
 9%
   8th Grade Social Studies (Texas)3531
 4%
End of Course Algebra I (Armando Cuellar Middle)100100
   End of Course Algebra I (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))5340
 13%
   End of Course Algebra I (Texas)6245
 17%
End of Course English I Reading (Armando Cuellar Middle)94100
 6%
   End of Course English I Reading (Weslaco Independent School District (Isd))4145
 4%
   End of Course English I Reading (Texas)4954
 5%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students766626
 18.3%
African American27
 250%
American Indian10
 100%
Asian00
Hispanic759616
 18.8%
Pacific Islander00
White42
 50%
Two or More Races01
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients85%88.2%
 3.2%


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Students who attend Armando Cuellar Middle usually go on to attend Weslaco East High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 626 students attended Armando Cuellar Middle.

Armando Cuellar Middle ranks 1740th of 2330 Texas middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students at Armando Cuellar Middle are 98% Hispanic, 1% African American.


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