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Best School Districts In Dallas Fort Worth


The three DFW school districts with the highest 2015 district student achievement indexes, Carroll Independent School District, Lovejoy Independent School District and Highland Park Independent School District, also were three of the four Dallas area districts distinguished by all campuses in the district attaining student achievement indexes of 90 and above. All campuses operated by the Grandview Independent School District also had campus student achievement indexes higher than 90, but its achievement index was not high enough to rank it among the top 10 districts included in this 2016 DFW best school districts ranking.

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 the performance ranking of the 70 DFW school districts listed below is based. TEA accountability ratings were not considered in the compilation of this ranking since all of these districts received a Met Standard rating, the highest district and campus rating awarded since 2013.

Similar analyses that rank and compare the performance of more than 1,500 Dallas area public high schools, middle schools and elementary schools are available on these best DFW high schools, best DFW middle schools and best DFW elementary schools pages. Schools with the highest student achievement across all grade levels are identified on this best DFW k-12 schools page.


2015 DFW school districts STAAR performance

number of campuses
rankdistrict                student
achievement
index
90+80 - 8970 - 7960 - 6959-
1Carroll Independent School District98.511
2Lovejoy Independent School District97.86
3Highland Park Independent School District96.67
4Argyle Independent School District93.931
5Frisco Independent School District93.144112
6Allen Independent School District92.51921
7Aledo Independent School District92.562
8Sunnyvale Independent School District92.421
9Coppell Independent School District92.3123
10Prosper Independent School District92.252
11Wylie Independent School District92.0144
12Grandview Independent School District91.23
13Plano Independent School District91.04113121
14Melissa Independent School District90.322
15Aubrey Independent School District89.522
16Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District89.21261
17Midlothian Independent School District89.0351
18Rockwall Independent School District88.81071
19McKinney Independent School District88.714743
20Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District88.710161
21Forney Independent School District87.4391
22Celina Independent School District87.413
23Northwest Independent School District87.09115
24Keller Independent School District86.9131392
25Maypearl Independent School District85.631
26Red Oak Independent School District85.3152
27Crandall Independent School District85.15
28Lewisville Independent School District85.127151454
29Joshua Independent School District84.31511
30Lake Dallas Independent School District84.25
31Mansfield Independent School District83.7111973
32Anna Independent School District83.531
33Krum Independent School District82.94
34Burleson Independent School District82.71931
35Azle Independent School District82.0262
36Kennedale Independent School District82.041
37Denton Independent School District81.5781331
38Royse City Independent School District81.1224
39Birdville Independent School District81.078115
40Weatherford Independent School District80.8541
41Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District80.69103
42Godley Independent School District80.6112
43Granbury Independent School District80.01422
44Richardson Independent School District79.510161674
45Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District79.381594
46Waxahachie Independent School District78.9137
47White Settlement Independent School District77.9241
48Little Elm Independent School District77.335
49Mesquite Independent School District77.113266
50Garland Independent School District77.072019173
51Ferris Independent School District76.6211
52Keene Independent School District76.13
53Everman Independent School District75.4252
54Springtown Independent School District75.16
55Grand Prairie Independent School District74.9551286
56Arlington Independent School District74.531523227
57Rio Vista Independent School District73.6111
58Kaufman Independent School District73.0121
59Cedar Hill Independent School District71.411461
60Irving Independent School District70.839191
61Lancaster Independent School District70.71261
62Duncanville Independent School District70.41861
63Cleburne Independent School District70.21531
64Crowley Independent School District69.52863
65Lake Worth Independent School District68.9231
66Alvarado Independent School District68.6123
67Fort Worth Independent School District68.3617214932
68DeSoto Independent School District68.357
69Dallas Independent School District68.02317547060
70Castleberry Independent School District67.9221


Source: Texas Education Agency

Methodology

While using a single factor to evaluate school districts might be considered a somewhat simplistic approach, the STAAR tests on which these student achievement 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.


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