All public schools and school districts in Texas are rated annually by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as exemplary, recognized, academically acceptable or academically unacceptable. As described on this TEA accountability rating guidelines page, both school district and campus ratings are based on the results of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS). Additionally, districts and their campuses which serve grades 9 through 12 are evaluated on the completion rate of their previous year senior class and campuses which serve grades 7 and 8 are evaluated on their previous school year dropout rate. In awarding 2011 accountability ratings, the TEA additionally used Required Improvement and/or Exceptions Provision rating rating improvement standards, where applicable, to increase both district and campus ratings to the next higher rating than school or district would have been awarded if the improvement standard(s) had not been applied. Accountability ratings for 2011-2012 were not issued by the TEA due to development of a new state and federal accountability system that is being implemented in 2013.
Only two Dallas Fort Worth public school districts, Highland Park ISD, which serves most the park cities, and Lovejoy ISD achieved exemplary ratings for the 2010-2011 school year based solely by meeting all of the TEA's performance standards and also had all campuses within their districts similarly achieve exemplary ratings without any ratings boost. These two school districts top this 2011 ranking of the best public school districts in the DFW metroplex.
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.
|average campus accountability rating index||number of campuses rated|
|1||Highland Park Independent School District||3.00||7|
|1||Lovejoy Independent School District||3.00||5|
|3||Sunnyvale Independent School District||3.00||3|
|4||Carroll Independent School District||2.92||11|
|5||Frisco Independent School District||2.50||48|
|6||Coppell Independent School District||2.49||14|
|7||Allen Independent School District||2.34||21|
|8||Argyle Independent School District||2.23||4|
|9||Prosper Independent School District||2.21||6|
|10||Lewisville Independent School District||2.04||62|
District rankings and accountability ratings and campus accountability rating information for public school districts located in the DFW metroplex are shown further down on this page. Click on this methodology link to see the description at the bottom of this page that explains how the performance of these Dallas area school districts was evaluated and ranked.
Many of school districts in the DFW metroplex have campuses in more than one city or town. The Lewisville Independent School District, 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.
|average campus accountability rating index||northwest Dallas suburbs served|
|4||Carroll Independent School District||2.92||Southlake, Grapevine, Westlake|
|5||Coppell Independent School District||2.47||Coppell|
|6||Lewisville Independent School District||2.46||Flower Mound, Highland Village, Coppell, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, southwest Frisco, west Plano|
|8||Frisco Independent School District||2.44||southwest Frisco, west Plano|
|9||Keller Independent School District||2.38||Keller, Southlake, Westlake|
|11||Northwest Independent School District||2.31||Trophy Club, Southlake, Flower Mound, Keller|
|12||Argyle Independent School District||2.23||Argyle, Bartonville, Flower Mound|
|17||Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District||1.88||Colleyville, Grapevine|
|21||Plano Independent School District||1.69||west Plano, southwest Frisco|
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.
This table shows district and individual campus rating information for 52 independent school districts that operate public schools attended by students living in the greater Dallas Fort Worth area.
|number of campuses rated|
|district rating||average campus accountability rating index||exemplary||recognized||academically acceptable||academically unacceptable|
|Arlington ISD||Academically Acceptable||0.98||2||22||39||5|
|Azle ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.57||1||6||3|
|Birdville ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.23||4||14||11||2|
|Burleson ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.58||3||6||5|
|Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD||Recognized||1.86||12||19||6|
|Castleberry ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.46||1||1||3|
|Cedar Hill ISD||Recognized3||1.62||3||5||6|
|Crowley ISD||Academically Acceptable||0.85||4||12||5|
|Dallas ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.20||30||69||91||33|
|Denton ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.54||8||13||9|
|DeSoto ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.31||1||6||5|
|Duncanville ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.12||9||7|
|Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.24||3||12||5||1|
|Everman ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.31||3||1||3||1|
|Fort Worth ISD||Academically Acceptable2||0.88||6||33||61||21|
|Garland ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.59||17||34||14||2|
|Grand Prairie ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.38||7||15||9||4|
|Highland Park ISD||Exemplary||3.00||7|
|Irving ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.05||1||12||20|
|Keller ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.74||11||15||9||1|
|Lake Dallas ISD||Recognized||1.85||1||3||1|
|Lake Worth ISD||Academically Acceptable2||0.41||5||1|
|Lancaster ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.12||6||3|
|Little Elm ISD||Recognized2||1.81||4||3||2|
|Mansfield ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.51||7||16||15|
|Red Oak ISD||Recognized3||1.56||1||4||2|
|Rockwall ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.65||6||6||5|
|Springtown ISD||Academically Acceptable||0.83||6|
|White Settlement ISD||Academically Acceptable||1.15||1||5||1||1|
|TEA accountability rating improvement standard(s) applied to raise district's rating one level from what otherwise was earned|
|1 Required Improvement|
|2 Exceptions Provision|
|3 Both Required Improvement and Exceptions Provision|
Texas Education Agency (TEA) campus accountability ratings for the 2010-2011 school year were used in this evaluation and ranking of Dallas area school districts. While using a single factor to rank the school districts might be considered a somewhat simplistic approach, the criteria used by the TEA to award these accountability ratings are comprehensive and applied in a consistently manner to measure the performance of all public schools in the state of Texas. These ratings have the added virtue of being readily available.
To develop the average campus accountability rating points used to rank the school districts, each campus with an exemplary rating was awarded three points, a recognized rating merited two points, an academically acceptable rating was given one point and an academically unacceptable rating received zero points, provided the school earned its rating based solely on its performance as measured against the TEA's accountability ratings standards. If the accountability rating was increased from what it otherwise would have been as a result of applying Required Improvement or the Exceptions Provisions rating improvement standard, the points awarded were reduced by 0.5 point. If a school was awarded a higher rating based on application of both of these improvement standards, the points awarded were reduced by 0.8 point.
All rated campuses within each school district were then grouped by school type and an adjusted average campus accountability rating point total for all campus types calculated. Next, the average adjusted rating points for each campus type was weighted by first multiplying the number of grades being taught by that campus type and then dividing by the number of grades taught in that district. The weighted average rating points of all campus types were then added together to derive the district's average campus accountability rating index.
Source: Texas Education Agency
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