Bennett Elementary, home of the Bennett Bears, is fortunate to serve 488 extraordinary students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. Our campus enrollment by ethnicity is: American Indian – 0%, Asian – 8%, African American – 9%, and White – 83%. 9% of Bennett Elementary students are considered to be economically disadvantaged based on free-reduced lunch status and Bennett has a 9.5% mobility rate. 2.0% are English Language Learners. Our staff has a combined total of more than 542 years of experience in education; twelve masters’ degrees and we have six McKinney graduates serving our students. All Bennett staff is Gifted & Talented (GT) certified and English as a Second Language (ESL) certified.
STAAR: The student averages at Bennett in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade outperformed the district and state averages on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Math, Reading, Writing, and Science STAAR. Our Hispanic, White, Black, Economically Disadvantaged, ESL, Special Education, and At-Risk students outperformed the district and state averages on the 3rd grade Reading, 4th grade Reading, 5th grade Reading, 4th grade writing, and 5th grade Science STAAR tests. Our Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) data continues to show improvement above the national norms in every grade and subject.
Areas for Instructional Improvement
At Bennett Elementary, we believe continuous growth provides opportunity and challenge. For the upcoming year, we will focus on three areas of instructional improvement which include: All students surpassing their projected MAP growth rate, all students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade achieving their growth measure on STAAR, and improved advanced level rates in all content areas.
Actions to Improve Student Performance
Bennett Elementary staff is committed to implementing differentiated, relevant, and progressive learning opportunities for all students. Bennett teachers strive to continually design engaging lessons focused on their “who.” Classroom instruction is aligned with the student expectations of the state curriculum as well as the high standards of MISD. Campus administrators monitor teaching and learning through formal and informal walkthroughs, evaluations, and data meetings to ensure all students reach their highest capacity for learning.
This year, Bennett students will benefit from year three implementation of the Engage! Learning Model (ELM) to provide differentiated lessons in Science and Social Studies. Teachers will work collaboratively in vertical teams, as well as with grade level teams, to have meaningful dialogue focused on beliefs and goals to improve teaching and learning. Professional development opportunities are purposefully planned for targeted areas of improvement for all students and staff based on student achievement data as well as areas of growth for our teachers.