Kashmere Gardens Elementary School

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Kashmere Gardens Elementary School is a public primary school located in the Kashmere Gardens area of Houston, Texas, United States.[1] It is a part of the Houston Independent School District.

The school was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2003.[2]

History[edit]

The school opened in 1949; it was named after the neighborhood.[3]

In 1998, the school had high Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) results; for instance all of the school's fourth grade students passed the reading and mathematics portions of the test, 100% of third graders passed the TAAS reading test, and 99% of third graders passed the TAAS mathematics test. 88 percent of all tested Kashmere Gardens students passed all TAAS sections. The school had a largely low income African American student body. The school was used in HISD's publicity campaign highlighting the district's high test scores. A cheating scandal regarding the school began in the northern hemisphere spring of 1999. The school's TAAS results in 1999 were far below that of the results in 1998. 17% of the school's fourth graders passed all TAAS sections. 20% of the school's third graders passed the mathematics test. 54% of the third graders passed the reading test. 29% of all Kashmere Gardens students passed all TAAS sections in 1999.[4]

In 2008 criminals systematically burglarized several area schools, including Kashmere Gardens.[5]

School uniforms[edit]

Students are required to wear school uniforms.[6] The Texas Education Agency specifies that the parents and/or guardians of students zoned to a school with uniforms may apply for a waiver to opt out of the uniform policy so their children do not have to wear the uniform; parents must specify "bona fide" reasons, such as religious reasons or philosophical objections.[7]

Feeder patterns[edit]

Residents zoned to Kashmere Gardens[1] are also zoned to Key Middle School[8] and Kashmere High School.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kashmere Gardens Elementary School Attendance Boundary." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.
  2. ^ Microsoft Word - list-2003.doc
  3. ^ "School Histories: the Stories Behind the Names." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.
  4. ^ Connelly, Richard. "Grade Charades?" Houston Press. July 1, 1999. Retrieved on February 23, 2010.
  5. ^ Connelly, Richard. "Someone Hates Kashmere Gardens Schools." Houston Press. Monday July 21, 2008. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  6. ^ "Dress Code." Kashmere Elementary School. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.
  7. ^ "DOCKET NO. 008-R5-901." Texas Education Agency. Accessed October 13, 2008.
  8. ^ "Key Middle School Attendance Boundary." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.
  9. ^ "Kashmere High School Attendance Boundary." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on January 29, 2009.

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Coordinates: 29°48′18″N 95°19′05″W / 29.805065°N 95.318052°W / 29.805065; -95.318052