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Best Dallas Area 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 2016 DFW best school districts ranking.

2016 top 10 DFW school districts

  1. Carroll Independent School District
  2. Lovejoy Independent School District
  3. Highland Park Independent School District
  4. Argyle Independent School District
  5. Frisco Independent School District
  6. Allen Independent School District
  7. Aledo Independent School District
  8. Sunnyvale Independent School District
  9. Coppell Independent School District
  10. 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. Assessment results for the current school year are expect to be released in late August 2016.

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 2016 DFW best high schools, 2016 DFW best middle schools and 2016 DFW best elementary schools pages.

2015 Dallas Fort Worth school districts STAAR performance

number of campuses
rankdistrictstudent achievement index90+80 - 8970 - 7960 - 6959-
1Carroll ISD98.511
2Lovejoy ISD97.86
3Highland Park ISD96.67
4Argyle ISD93.931
5Frisco ISD93.144112
6Allen ISD92.51921
7Aledo ISD92.562
8Sunnyvale ISD92.421
9Coppell ISD92.3123
10Prosper ISD92.252
11Wylie ISD92.0144
12Grandview ISD91.23
13Plano ISD91.04113121
14Melissa ISD90.322
15Aubrey ISD89.522
16Grapevine-Colleyville ISD89.21261
17Midlothian ISD89.0351
18Rockwall ISD88.81071
19McKinney ISD88.714743
20Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD88.710161
21Forney ISD87.4391
22Celina ISD87.413
23Northwest ISD87.09115
24Keller ISD86.9131392
25Maypearl ISD85.631
26Red Oak ISD85.3152
27Crandall ISD85.15
28Lewisville ISD85.127151454
29Joshua ISD84.31511
30Lake Dallas ISD84.25
31Mansfield ISD83.7111973
32Anna ISD83.531
33Krum ISD82.94
34Burleson ISD82.71931
35Azle ISD82.0262
36Kennedale ISD82.041
37Denton ISD81.5781331
38Royse City ISD81.1224
39Birdville ISD81.078115
40Weatherford ISD80.8541
41Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD80.69103
42Godley ISD80.6112
43Granbury ISD80.01422
44Richardson ISD79.510161674
45Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD79.381594
46Waxahachie ISD78.9137
47White Settlement ISD77.9241
48Little Elm ISD77.335
49Mesquite ISD77.113266
50Garland ISD77.072019173
51Ferris ISD76.6211
52Keene ISD76.13
53Everman ISD75.4252
54Springtown ISD75.16
55Grand Prairie ISD74.9551286
56Arlington ISD74.531523227
57Rio Vista ISD73.6111
58Kaufman ISD73.0121
59Cedar Hill ISD71.411461
60Irving ISD70.839191
61Lancaster ISD70.71261
62Duncanville ISD70.41861
63Cleburne ISD70.21531
64Crowley ISD69.52863
65Lake Worth ISD68.9231
66Alvarado ISD68.6123
67Fort Worth ISD68.3617214932
68DeSoto ISD68.357
69Dallas ISD68.02317547060
70Castleberry ISD67.9221


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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