Best DFW School Districts
The three Dallas area independent school districts with the highest 2015 district Student Achievement Indexes, Carroll ISD, Lovejoy ISD and Highland Park ISD, were also three of the four area districts distinguished by all campuses in the district attaining Student Achievement Indexes of 90 and above. All campuses operated by the Grandview ISD also had campus Student Achievement Indexes higher than 90, but its district Student Achievement Index was not high enough to place it among the top 10 of the 70 districts included in this 2015 DFW best school districts ranking.
Top 10 Dallas area school districts
- Carroll Independent School District
- Lovejoy Independent School District
- Highland Park Independent School District
- Argyle Independent School District
- Frisco Independent School District
- Allen Independent School District
- Aledo Independent School District
- Sunnyvale Independent School District
- Coppell Independent School District
- Prosper Independent School District
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) refers to the percentage of total State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for all subjects that met or exceeded TEA achievement standards as the student achievement index. It is the metric on which this performance comparison of DFW school districts is based.
Each of the school districts included in this analysis received a Met Standard performance rating, which since 2013 has been the TEA's highest district and campus accountability rating. Click on this TEA accountability link for additional 2015 accountability information and general guidelines.
Analysis and rankings for the more than 1,500 public schools in the DFW metroplex that are similar to the best Dallas Fort Worth school districts analysis on this page are available on these DFW best high schools, DFW best middle schools and DFW best elementary schools pages.
2015 Dallas Fort Worth school districts STAAR performance
|number of campuses|
|rank||district||student achievement index||90+||80 - 89||70 - 79||60 - 69||59-|
|3||Highland Park ISD||96.6||7|
|26||Red Oak ISD||85.3||1||5||2|
|30||Lake Dallas ISD||84.2||5|
|38||Royse City ISD||81.1||2||2||4|
|41||Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD||80.6||9||10||3|
|45||Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD||79.3||8||15||9||4|
|47||White Settlement ISD||77.9||2||4||1|
|48||Little Elm ISD||77.3||3||5|
|55||Grand Prairie ISD||74.9||5||5||12||8||6|
|57||Rio Vista ISD||73.6||1||1||1|
|59||Cedar Hill ISD||71.4||1||1||4||6||1|
|65||Lake Worth ISD||68.9||2||3||1|
|67||Fort Worth ISD||68.3||6||17||21||49||32|
While using a single factor to evaluate the school districts might be considered a somewhat simplistic approach, the STAAR tests on which these indexes are based are applied in a consistent manner in all public schools in the state of Texas. It also likely provides better results than the methodology which was previously based on TEA district and campus accountability ratings, and it is easier to understand.
Relying on Student Achievement Indexes in this analysis as the key metric for comparing student performance at district and campus levels is a major change from the previous emphasis on TEA accountability ratings. After seeing how meaningless, and probably misleading, both the previous and previous TEA performance rating system is for comparing the current academic performance of students attending schools in one district versus another, or of students attending one school versus another, it actually was a logical change.
Source: Texas Education Agency
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