All schools operated by only three Dallas Fort Worth school districts, Highland Park ISD, Carroll ISD, and Lovejoy ISD, attained 2013 Student Achievement Index scores of greater than 90. These three school districts also had the highest school district Student Achievement Index scores, and therefore top this ranking of the best school districts in the DFW metroplex.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) refers to the percentage of total State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) student assessments for all subjects that met or exceeded TEA achievement standards as the Student Achievement Index, both a metric and concept used in performing this analysis and elsewhere on this website.
2013 Top 10 Dallas Fort Worth public school districts
|Student Achievement Index||number of campuses rated|
|1||Highland Park Independent School District||97.0||7|
|2||Carroll Independent School District||97.0||11|
|3||Lovejoy Independent School District||96.6||5|
|4||Frisco Independent School District||94.2||52|
|5||Allen Independent School District||93.0||21|
|6||Prosper Independent School District||92.8||7|
|7||Argyle Independent School District||92.3||4|
|8||Coppell Independent School District||91.6||14|
|9||Sunnyvale Independent School District||90.9||3|
|10||Plano Independent School District||89.6||62|
Additional district ranking and campus Student Achievement Index information for public school districts located in the DFW metroplex is presented in a table further down this page.
Many of school districts in the DFW metroplex have campuses in more than one city or town. The Lewisville ISD, for example, serves not only the seven northwest Dallas suburbs listed in the table below, but also Lewisville, Carrollton, and The Colony. A question I hear frequently is how to do the schools that serve the northwest Dallas suburbs compare to other schools in the metroplex. As is shown below and discussed further on this Northwest Dallas Public Schools page, if the following school districts had campuses only in the northwest Dallas suburbs listed, most would rank among the best school districts in the DFW metroplex.
|Student Achievement Index||northwest Dallas suburbs served|
|2||Carroll Independent School District||97.0||Southlake, Grapevine, Westlake|
|4||Frisco Independent School District||93.8||southwest Frisco, west Plano|
|8||Argyle Independent School District||92.3||Argyle, Bartonville, Flower Mound|
|9||Lewisville Independent School District||92.1||Flower Mound, Highland Village, Coppell, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, southwest Frisco, west Plano|
|10||Keller Independent School District||91.6||Keller, Southlake, Westlake|
|11||Coppell Independent School District||91.6||Coppell|
|12||Plano Independent School District||91.4||west Plano, southwest Frisco|
|14||Northwest Independent School District||90.4||Trophy Club, Southlake, Flower Mound, Keller|
|15||Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District||89.1||Colleyville, Grapevine|
Further evidence of the high quality of schools in the northwest Dallas suburbs profiled on this website is that ten of the top 20 public high schools in the DFW metroplex are located in this area, as shown on this Best Dallas Fort Worth public high schools page.
As might be expected, many of DFW's best known private schools have chosen over the years to locate their campuses in the north Dallas area. While there are private schools located in the northwest Dallas suburbs, they are not nearly as numerous as in north Dallas. These private schools are not evaluated or rated by the TEA.
This table shows district and campus Student Achievement Index for 53 independent school districts that operate public schools attended by students living in the greater Dallas Fort Worth area. Also shown are how many of the district's campuses had Student Achievement Index higher than 90, between 80 and 89, and so on.
|Student Achievement Index||number of campuses|
|90+||80 - 89||70 - 79||60 - 69||59-|
|Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD||80.1||4||16||9||6|
|Cedar Hill ISD||73.4||1||1||7||4|
|Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD||80.2||10||9||3|
|Fort Worth ISD||67.6||5||15||25||40||37|
|Grand Prairie ISD||73.7||1||9||10||13||2|
|Highland Park ISD||97.1||7|
|Lake Dallas ISD||84.0||5|
|Lake Worth ISD||67.2||2||3||1|
|Little Elm ISD||77.7||1||5||2|
|Red Oak ISD||79.8||5||1||1|
|White Settlement ISD||76.6||1||6||1|
Texas Education Agency (TEA) 2013 district Student Achievement Indexes were used to compile this comparison of student performance in Dallas area school districts. 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 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, the current 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 very logical change.
Source: Texas Education Agency
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