All campuses in only four Dallas Fort Worth area school districts, Carroll ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Highland Park ISD and Argyle ISD, attained 2014 Student Achievement Index scores higher than 90. However, the district composite Student Achievement Index scores for Frisco ISD and Allen ISD were slightly higher than that of Argyle ISD, despite a small number of their campuses having Student Achievement Indexes of less than 90. Therefore, these six school districts top this 2014 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. This is a metric used in this analysis and also in the best DFW public high schools and DFW areas with best neighborhood schools analyses.
2014 Top 10 Dallas Fort Worth public school districts
|Student Achievement Index||number of campuses rated|
|1||Carroll Independent School District||97.8||11|
|2||Lovejoy Independent School District||97.3||6|
|3||Highland Park Independent School District||96.8||7|
|4||Frisco Independent School District||94.1||52|
|5||Allen Independent School District||93.3||22|
|6||Argyle Independent School District||93.2||4|
|7||Prosper Independent School District||92.8||7|
|8||Coppell Independent School District||92.1||14|
|9||Sunnyvale Independent School District||91.2||3|
Additional district ranking and campus Student Achievement Index information for public school districts located in the DFW metroplex is presented below on 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|
|1||Carroll Independent School District||97.8||Southlake, Grapevine, Westlake|
|4||Frisco Independent School District||93.8||southwest Frisco, west Plano|
|6||Argyle Independent School District||93.2||Argyle, Bartonville, Flower Mound|
|7||Keller Independent School District||92.1||Keller, Southlake, Westlake|
|8||Coppell Independent School District||92.1||Coppell|
|10||Northwest Independent School District||91.8||Trophy Club, Southlake, Flower Mound, Keller|
|11||Lewisville Independent School District||90.5||Flower Mound, Highland Village, Coppell, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, southwest Frisco, west Plano|
|12||Plano Independent School District||90.5||west Plano, southwest Frisco|
|13||Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District||89.0||Colleyville, Grapevine|
Further evidence of the high quality of schools in the northwest Dallas suburbs profiled on this website is that twelve of the top 20 public high schools in the DFW metroplex are located in this area, as shown on this 2014 best Dallas Fort Worth public high schools page. Eight of the top 12 DFW areas with best neighborhood schools are also located in the northwest Dallas suburbs.
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.
All of the DFW school districts listed below received a Met Standard rating, currently the TEA top accountability rating, for 2014.
|Student Achievement Index||number of campuses|
|90+||80 - 89||70 - 79||60 - 69||59-|
|Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD||78.3||6||11||13||5|
|Cedar Hill ISD||71.1||1||7||3||2|
|Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD||79.9||12||5||5|
|Fort Worth ISD||67.0||3||17||28||45||27|
|Grand Prairie ISD||73.1||3||7||11||12||1|
|Highland Park ISD||96.8||7|
|Lake Dallas ISD||84.2||5|
|Lake Worth ISD||70.8||2||1||3|
|Little Elm ISD||78.4||5||3|
|Lovejoy Independent School District||97.3||6|
|Red Oak ISD||82.3||5||2|
|White Settlement ISD||77.3||3||3||1||1|
Texas Education Agency (TEA) 2014 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 previous TEA performance rating system was 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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