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Best School Districts In Dallas Fort Worth

Highland Park Independent School District, Carroll Independent School District and Lovejoy Independent School District are recognized as the three top ranked districts in this expanded 2016 best DFW school districts analysis. These three districts had both the highest 2015 district student achievement indexes and the highest college readiness scores of all the 70 Dallas area school districts evaluated. They also were three of the four DFW districts distinguished by all of their campuses attaining student achievement indexes of 90 and above.

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. The college readiness index used in this analysis was based on participation in and successful completion of high school Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses and and performance on SAT and ACT college admission tests. A more detailed description of how this best DFW school districts ranking was produced is provided in the Methodology section at the bottom of this page. Accountability ratings awarded by the TEA in 2015 were not considered in this analysis since all districts included in the study received a Met Standard rating, the highest district and campus rating awarded since 2013.

Similar analyses that rank more than 1,500 Dallas area public high schools, middle schools and elementary schools operated by the districts included in this analysis and compare campus student achievement indexes, STAAR results and TEA accountability ratings 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.

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DFW best school districts rankings

student achievement index                
number of campuses
rankdistrict                 college
district90+80 - 8970 - 7960 - 6959-
1Highland Park Independent School District65.496.67
2Carroll Independent School District56.898.511
3Lovejoy Independent School District53.197.86
4Coppell Independent School District50.992.3123
5Argyle Independent School District41.593.931
6Plano Independent School District43.191.04113121
7Aledo Independent School District38.792.562
8Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District43.689.21261
9Frisco Independent School District36.593.144112
10Prosper Independent School District36.592.252
11Allen Independent School District35.492.51921
12Sunnyvale Independent School District32.092.421
13Rockwall Independent School District33.588.81071
14McKinney Independent School District31.688.714743
15Keller Independent School District30.686.9131392
16Lewisville Independent School District32.885.127151454
17Wylie Independent School District21.892.0144
18Richardson Independent School District40.479.510161674
19Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District25.888.710161
20Melissa Independent School District23.390.322
21Northwest Independent School District27.187.09115
22Midlothian Independent School District22.789.0351
23Celina Independent School District24.987.413
24Grandview Independent School District17.291.23
25Aubrey Independent School District16.689.522
26Mansfield Independent School District25.183.7111973
27Burleson Independent School District24.082.71931
28Forney Independent School District16.487.4391
29Red Oak Independent School District18.285.3152
30Lake Dallas Independent School District19.284.25
31Denton Independent School District23.281.5781331
32Krum Independent School District19.882.94
33Crandall Independent School District15.885.15
34Royse City Independent School District21.181.1224
35Kennedale Independent School District19.382.041
36Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District20.480.69103
37Joshua Independent School District14.784.31511
38Granbury Independent School District21.180.01422
39Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District21.779.381594
40Azle Independent School District17.382.0262
41Anna Independent School District14.083.531
42Birdville Independent School District17.581.078115
43Weatherford Independent School District17.680.8541
44Godley Independent School District17.680.6112
45Maypearl Independent School District10.085.631
46White Settlement Independent School District20.277.9241
47Waxahachie Independent School District17.678.9137
48Little Elm Independent School District17.977.335
49Irving Independent School District27.570.839191
50Arlington Independent School District21.074.531523227
51Garland Independent School District16.977.072019173
52Mesquite Independent School District15.377.113266
53Fort Worth Independent School District27.768.3617214932
54Ferris Independent School District15.276.6211
55Rio Vista Independent School District16.973.6111
56Everman Independent School District13.475.4252
57Grand Prairie Independent School District14.074.9551286
58Springtown Independent School District13.275.16
59Cedar Hill Independent School District18.071.411461
60Kaufman Independent School District15.473.0121
61Cleburne Independent School District18.170.21531
62Dallas Independent School District20.668.02317547060
63Lancaster Independent School District15.170.71261
64Crowley Independent School District16.969.52863
65Duncanville Independent School District12.470.41861
66Keene Independent School District3.476.13
67Lake Worth Independent School District12.868.9231
68DeSoto Independent School District13.568.357
69Alvarado Independent School District12.268.6123
70Castleberry Independent School District1.967.9221


Source: Texas Education Agency


Within each evaluation category, the top ranked school district was awarded the maximum points allocated to that category and all other districts were awarded a proportional number of points based on how their individual scores compared to the score of the top ranked district. Scores from both evaluation categories were then added together to arrive at the district's total ranking score.

Performance on STAAR tests: 60 points

A maximum of 60 points was awarded based on the percentage of a district's students meeting the TEA's achievement standards on the STAAR reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies subject assessments. As mentioned above, the TEA refers to the percentage of total number of student assessments for all subjects tested that met or exceeded its achievement standards for campuses and districts as their student achievement indexes.

College readiness indicators: 40 points

A maximum of 20 points was awarded based on percentage of students in grades 11-12 participating and successfully completing AP/IB courses. The district with the highest percentage of students taking and passing College Board AP examinations or IB examinations in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies was awarded the maximum points for each subject area category. A maximum of 20 points also was awarded to the district with the highest adjusted SAT and ACT scores (percentage of seniors taking SAT and/or ACT college entrance exams times median subject area test scores). The college readiness index for each district was calculated by aggregating the scores for all high schools in the district, weighted by the number of students attending each school. For this particular analysis, the maximum college readiness score attainable by a high school was 100 points. A complete description of the college readiness evaluation methodology used in both this and the Dallas area high schools ranking studies, along with the AP, IB, SAT and ACT data used in these analyses, is provided on this 2016 best DFW high schools page.

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