School Details

Widen Elementary School

5605 Nuckols Crossing Road, Austin, TX 78744
(512) 414-2556
2

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 663 students 14 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

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70%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

48%
78%
74%
37%
75%
70%
34%
78%
73%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
81%
76%
67%
83%
79%
57%
79%
73%

State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Austin Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Widen Elementary School is a public elementary school in Austin. The principal of Widen Elementary School is KIM ROYAL. 663 children attend Widen Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 51% of the Widen Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 90% of the 663 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 94% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Widen Elementary School is 14:1. Rodriguez Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 93% 60%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 25%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% 3%
Multiracial 0.4% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.08%
Asian 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.006%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94% 61%
Limited English proficiency 51% 27%
Economically disadvantaged 90% 61%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Kendall Arnold is the most reliable teacher and supportive of her students. She is conscientious and cares for those children in her tutelage.

  • (2 years ago)

    I cannot believe the parent reviews on this page. Do you know where you live? Of course Widen is going to have rough kids in it. You live in the ghetto! Did you expect something different? As far as blaming the teachers that needs to stop. Those poor teachers are trying to do their job in a war zone in southeast Austin. Take care of your business as a parent and get a good job. Move to an area that's a little classier.

  • (4 years ago)

    like the other parents my daughter was in the pre-k program in 2009 and was bullied hit and harassed and had things stolen from her including her lunch money ..]] on a daily bases the worst part the teacher never told me my daughter would tell me and then i would have to ask the teacher who would then laugh it off as kids being kids i had talks to both the teacher and Principal but nothing ever come of it the administration was down right RUDE when i tried to talk to them about any issue .... the language of the children even in pre-k was horrible and this was in front of the teacher who acted as if nothing out of the ordinary had occurred.. of course that was when she was there my daughter had in the few short month's she was there 7 subs... and the other parents were just as bad i had a lady threaten me in the parking lot while i was pregnant needless to say after about 3 month's i pulled her out and home schooled her..

  • (5 years ago)

    I was very disappointed with this school (2009). My daughter was being harassed. I spoke to the Vice Principle; I thought this would put a stop to it. Well it didn t I had to go two more times before it was taken care. The Principle had not even heard of the problem. At the play ground you would not believe your ears the students swear as if it that s what is taught in the class room. I also moved from Del Valle and there is a rule they don t tolerance bulling. The teachers their will work with you to help out with your child needs. Think twice before moving your child to this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter started Widen in the Spring of 09 after we left Del Valle. I must say I was very disappointed. My daughter flourished at Del Valle and always received high behavior marks. At Widen she was on yellow orange and red everyday with no notes as to why. Her teacher was frustrated and disgruntled each time I spoke with her. She said the class was troublemakers! They are in kindergarten they are not suppose to be perfect. Additionally I only received information about events the day before or after which was very frustrating. The teacher sent home tons of homework (daily weekly monthly and a reading log). I got a note one day that said my daughter had been CHOKED on the playground by a boy and it was HER FAULT because she was chasing them. The note suggested she not play with boys anymore. We are leaving this district.

  • (8 years ago)

    I've had three children go to this school and my eldest is a 7th grader now at mendez so I've been involved with widen for a long time It's teachers are great and care about the kids a lot especially Mrs. Ryan the pre-k teacher she's been a teacher to two of my children and she's an excellent teacher and academic programs are good and they have a lot of fun events or the kids and their families and their safety procedures are good too parents were always sent home a flyer if there were any problems regarding the school or the children's safety at whatever level it may of been.

  • (10 years ago)

    Both of my kids have attended this school since pre-kinder. My eldist is in 2nd grade. I have been fortunate that each of my kids has had top rated teachers. The school offers many activities for the kids although there could be some improvements done for more advanced students which they don't provide seperate learning environments for them. They are changed to a teacher that offers some more challenging work but they are still having to limit the advanced work because the class has mixed learning levels.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child is learning at a rapid rate and it shows this school is a blessing to our household my child know whats expected from her and understands the consequences.Ms.Kessler keeps me informed about my daughters progress and behavior.I'm very very pleased.

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