2014 Best School Districts in Dallas Area

Student taking testAll campuses in only four Dallas Fort Worth school districts, Carroll Park ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Highland Park ISD, and Argyle ISD, attained 2014 Student Achievement Index scores greater than 90. However, the district Student Achievement Index scores for Frisco ISD and Allen ISD were slightly higher than than of Argyle ISD, and 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, both a metric and concept used in performing this analysis and elsewhere on this website.

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
10 Wylie ISD 90.1 18

Additional district ranking and campus Student Achievement Index information for public school districts located in the DFW metroplex is presented below on this page.

School districts serving the northwest Dallas suburbs

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.

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.

School districts serving the DFW metroplex

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-  
Allen ISD 93.3 20 1 1
Anna ISD 82.3 3 1
Argyle ISD 93.2 4
Arlington ISD 73.6 2 19 22 20 6
Azle ISD 79.4 1 4 5
Birdville ISD 80.8 5 9 15 2
Burleson ISD 84.5 1 9 3 1
Carroll ISD 97.8 11
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD 78.3 6 11 13 5
Castleberry ISD 71.7 4 1
Cedar Hill ISD 71.1 1 7 3 2
Celina ISD 88.2 3
Coppell ISD 92.1 11 3
Crowley ISD 67.2 3 6 9 3
Dallas ISD 66.9 25 20 60 69 50
Denton ISD 82.3 9 8 10 4
DeSoto ISD 63.7 3 6 3
Duncanville ISD 68.4 7 5 4
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD 79.9 12 5 5
Everman ISD 73.7 3 3 3
Fort Worth ISD 67.0 3 17 28 45 27
Frisco ISD 94.1 45 6 1
Garland ISD 78.1 7 20 29 10
Godley ISD 78.4 1 3
Grand Prairie ISD 73.1 3 7 11 12 1
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD 89.0 9 8
Highland Park ISD 96.8 7
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD 87.6 7 17 2
Irving ISD 66.3 9 18 5
Joshua ISD 84.2 2 5 1
Keller ISD 88.0 14 14 8 1
Kennedale ISD 82.0 4 1
Lake Dallas ISD 84.2 5
Lake Worth ISD 70.8 2 1 3
Lancaster ISD 70.3 1 2 7
Lewisville ISD 84.5 23 19 9 6 4
Little Elm ISD 78.4 5 3
Lovejoy ISD 97.3 6
Mansfield ISD 83.7 8 26 6 1
McKinney ISD 88.0 12 11 5
Melisa ISD 85.8 4
Mesquite ISD 76.4 12 29 3 1
Northwest ISD 86.8 9 8 7 1
Plano ISD 89.4 37 19 9
Prosper ISD 92.8 5 2
Red Oak ISD 82.3 5 2
Richardson ISD 82.3 12 23 13 5
Rockwall ISD 88.7 10 7 1
Springtown ISD 71.3 1 2 2 1
Sunnyvale ISD 91.2 2 1
White Settlement ISD 77.3 3 3 1 1
Wylie ISD 90.1 11 7
Methodology

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.

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