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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 ranked as the top three public school districts in this 2017 best DFW school districts analysis. These three districts had the highest 2017 district student achievement indexes of the 98 Dallas area school districts evaluated and also were the only districts distinguished by all of their campuses attaining student achievement indexes of 90 and above. Complete Best DFW best school districts rankings for all 98 districts and the metrics on which the rankings are based are presented below.

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 2016 were not considered in this analysis since all districts included in the study received Met Standard ratings. Also not considered were factors that generally have no meaningful linkage to the learning success of individual students, such as graduation rates and changes in student performance on the STAAR evaluations from one year to the next, and subjective factors sometimes relied upon in other published rankings, such as "expert insights" regarding teacher quality and the like and opinions of self-selected and anonymous contributors of parent and student reviews.

Top 25 Dallas area school districts

rankdistrictattended by students living in                    
1Highland Park ISDDallas, Highland Park, University Park
2Carroll ISDColleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, Westlake
3Lovejoy ISDFairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, Wylie
4Coppell ISDCoppell, Irving
5Grapevine-Colleyville ISDColleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Hurst
6Allen ISDAllen, Lucas, McKinney, Parker
7Frisco ISDFrisco, Little Elm, McKinney, Plano
8Argyle ISDArgyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower Mound
9Aledo ISDAledo, Annetta, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford, Willow Park
10Prosper ISDCelina, Frisco, McKinney, Prosper
11Plano ISDAllen, Dallas, Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Plano, Richardson, Wylie
12Northwest ISDAurora, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Haslet, Justin, New Fairview, Newark, Northlake, Rhome, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club
13Sunnyvale ISDSunnyvale
14Rockwall ISDFate, Forney, Heath, McLendon Chisholm, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City, Wylie
15McKinney ISDFairview, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, New Hope
16Celina ISDCelina, McKinney, Weston
17Keller ISDColleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga, Westlake
18Richardson ISDDallas, Garland, Richardson
19Wylie ISDLavon, Murphy, Sachse, St. Paul, Wylie
20Lewisville ISDCarrollton, Coppell, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Frisco, Lewisville, Plano, The Colony
21Glen Rose ISDCleburne, Glen Rose, Nemo, Rainbow
22Melissa ISDMcKinney, Melissa
23Grandview ISDGrandview
24Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISDArlington, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Hurst, North Richland Hills
25Midlothian ISDCedar Hill, Midlothian, Ovilla, Waxahachie

Similar analyses that rank more than 1,600 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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Best DFW best school districts rankings

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campus student achievement index
campuses90+80 - 8970 - 7960 - 6959-
1Highland Park ISD 7,100 96.668.377
2Carroll ISD 8,100 97.360.11111
3Lovejoy ISD 3,900 96.356.866
4Coppell ISD 11,900 91.757.515105
5Grapevine-Colleyville ISD 13,800 87.349.719982
6Allen ISD 20,700 92.441.3221741
7Frisco ISD 53,100 91.842.26145142
8Argyle ISD 2,200 91.741.6431
9Aledo ISD 5,200 92.239.4862
10Prosper ISD 8,300 91.439.6853
11Plano ISD 54,300 86.044.9672921134
12Northwest ISD 20,900 84.944.3266155
13Sunnyvale ISD 1,600 89.032.5312
14Rockwall ISD 15,300 86.436.5185112
15McKinney ISD 24,600 85.338.12811854
16Celina ISD 2,300 88.030.6413
17Keller ISD 34,100 85.634.33791783
18Richardson ISD 38,700 79.443.35310211381
19Wylie ISD 14,600 87.728.118711
20Lewisville ISD 53,400 82.436.56524161483
21Glen Rose ISD 1,700 84.632.133
22Melissa ISD 2,300 90.222.4413
23Grandview ISD 1,100 89.822.7321
24Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD 22,800 84.731.1273186
25Midlothian ISD 8,100 85.329.01019
26Alvord ISD 700 85.228.0312
27Mansfield ISD 33,700 82.930.441102281
28Brock ISD 1,300 88.719.4312
29Aubrey ISD 2,300 86.122.344
30Forney ISD 9,400 85.522.513211
31Lake Dallas ISD 4,000 82.426.655
32Caddo Mills ISD 1,700 87.317.9413
33Paradise ISD 1,100 80.328.5422
34Boles ISD 500 81.026.6321
35Burleson ISD 11,300 80.726.9151932
36Bland ISD 600 81.723.533
37Joshua ISD 5,100 82.222.38161
38Krum ISD 2,100 79.526.9422
39Royse City ISD 5,200 82.122.48152
40Denton ISD 27,300 79.326.1324121051
41Kennedale ISD 3,100 79.725.5532
42Birdville ISD 24,200 79.124.831412132
43Crandall ISD 3,400 79.023.1541
44Ponder ISD 1,300 81.818.1321
45Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD 19,200 79.022.4221093
46Maypearl ISD 1,100 80.520.0413
47Waxahachie ISD 8,100 79.920.411245
48Grand Prairie ISD 29,300 72.332.6345410114
49Farmersville ISD 1,600 82.615.4321
50White Settlement ISD 6,700 77.722.48431
51Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD 25,700 75.525.235871352
52Decatur ISD 3,000 79.718.2642
53Little Elm ISD 7,200 77.221.181331
54Red Oak ISD 5,800 76.921.2734
55Granbury ISD 7,000 75.722.69432
56Boyd ISD 1,200 79.715.8422
57Azle ISD 6,200 77.419.510136
58Weatherford ISD 7,800 76.920.210271
59Keene ISD 1,000 75.023.23111
60Anna ISD 3,100 78.017.8422
61Princeton ISD 3,900 80.211.8743
62Garland ISD 57,400 74.021.86671423175
63Irving ISD 34,900 68.231.032111191
64Arlington ISD 63,200 70.925.96931422237
65Peaster ISD 1,100 77.514.6312
66Sanger ISD 2,700 76.915.6422
67Venus ISD 2,000 73.320.633
68Community ISD 1,900 74.318.2312
69Dallas ISD 158,500 66.031.62282316706752
70Fort Worth ISD 86,900 64.533.7125613254041
71Springtown ISD 3,400 74.816.666
72Rio Vista ISD 700 73.318.5321
73Blue Ridge ISD 700 71.022.333
74Mesquite ISD 40,700 72.019.846326143
75Ennis ISD 5,800 74.215.58431
76Poolville ISD 500 79.55.5321
77Kaufman ISD 3,800 71.118.5431
78Cedar Hill ISD 8,000 68.322.81321181
79Everman ISD 5,600 72.116.59153
80Lancaster ISD 7,300 68.322.210136
81Godley ISD 1,800 70.219.0431
82Cleburne ISD 6,700 67.322.5101333
83Scurry-Rosser ISD 1,000 80.40.5321
84Bridgeport ISD 2,100 71.315.0321
85Palmer ISD 1,200 77.05.533
86Kemp ISD 1,500 70.715.8321
87Duncanville ISD 12,800 67.219.916691
88Crowley ISD 15,100 65.519.8191666
89Wills Point ISD 2,400 67.515.7422
90Alvarado ISD 3,600 65.218.2633
91Ferris ISD 2,500 66.615.644
92Castleberry ISD 4,000 69.011.65113
93Millsap ISD 900 75.80.0312
94Greenville ISD 5,200 67.712.581223
95Lake Worth ISD 3,300 65.116.1615
96Terrell ISD 4,300 66.111.5413
97DeSoto ISD 9,700 60.917.910145
98Quinlan ISD 2,600 64.88.8312


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 2017 best DFW high schools page.

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