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Best School Districts In Dallas Fort Worth

Highland Park ISD, Carroll ISD, Lovejoy ISD and Coppell ISD again earned for the second year in a row the top four positions in this 2018 best school districts in DFW analysis. Frisco ISD moved from seventh place last year to fifth place in the current DFW school districts rankings, replacing Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, which dropped to seventh place.

Highland Park ISD also is recognized as the top district in this 2018 Texas best school districts study and Carroll ISD, Lovejoy ISD and Coppell ISD also earned top five honors. A total of thirteen DFW area school districts rank among the 25 top performing school districts in Texas.

2018 best DFW school districts

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campus student achievement index
campuses90+80 - 8970 - 7960 - 6959-
1Highland Park ISD
(University Park, TX)
2Carroll ISDA+97.459.01111
3Lovejoy ISDA+95.954.866
4Coppell ISDA+92.553.91495
5Frisco ISDA91.843.2654715111
6Argyle ISDA91.541.644
7Allen ISDA92.340.0221831
8Prosper ISDA91.138.41055
9Grapevine-Colleyville ISDA87.444.2191072
10Aledo ISDA91.137.0844
11Sunnyvale ISDA91.236.033
12Plano ISDA85.443.46726221351
13Northwest ISDA84.743.82661451
14Celina ISDA90.430.9431
15Rockwall ISDA86.637.418792
16Keller ISDA86.535.537101872
17McKinney ISDA84.637.828812332
18Grandview ISDA91.625.633
19Wylie ISD
(Wylie, TX)
20Brock ISDA-89.328.3321
21Lewisville ISDA-82.837.56324131583
22Richardson ISDA-78.941.55210161772
23Melissa ISDA-90.520.9422
24Aubrey ISDA-86.626.244
25Glen Rose ISDB+85.027.733
26Mansfield ISDB+83.729.84182382
27Caddo Mills ISDB+87.822.1413
28Forney ISDB+84.325.0132101
29Farmersville ISDB+84.523.433
30Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISDB+84.922.6274185
31Burleson ISDB+79.830.0162842
32Joshua ISDB+82.625.28143
33Lake Dallas ISDB+81.526.555
34Midlothian ISDB+84.920.311182
35Paradise ISDB+83.422.84121
36Denton ISDB+79.728.735315125
37Palmer ISDB81.623.9321
38Birdville ISDB78.926.031411133
39Krum ISDB78.826.1422
40Decatur ISDB79.225.3624
41Ponder ISDB80.922.2321
42Kennedale ISDB78.625.3532
43Waxahachie ISDB79.323.611173
44Peaster ISDB81.519.133
45Azle ISDB78.922.4101531
46Royse City ISDB-79.720.18134
47Kaufman ISDB-70.935.3431
48Princeton ISDB-79.918.7743
49White Settlement ISDB-76.923.781331
50Grand Prairie ISDB-71.732.135559142
51Pilot Point ISDB-76.024.2312
52Boyd ISDB-80.416.34121
53Little Elm ISDB-76.822.48251
54Maypearl ISDB-79.118.3422
55Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISDB-74.626.235581363
56Red Oak ISDB-75.623.8725
57Granbury ISDB-75.523.98323
58Boles ISDC+78.417.7312
59Scurry-Rosser ISDC+78.916.7312
60Crandall ISDC+75.222.9514
61Garland ISDC+74.623.96651725172
62Millsap ISDC+74.622.833
63Sanger ISDC+77.218.2523
64Eagle Mt-Saginaw ISDC+79.214.1239104
65Weatherford ISDC+74.222.8101621
66Blue Ridge ISDC+74.222.833
67Bland ISDC+83.06.233
68Irving ISDC+68.331.8321517
69Arlington ISDC+71.126.47131618277
70Alvord ISDC+81.77.8321
71Keene ISDC+72.423.433
72Community ISDC+74.519.6413
73Anna ISDC+75.717.444
74Springtown ISDC+75.916.7651
75Dallas ISDC67.531.02282522657244
76Ennis ISDC73.718.9826
77Cedar Hill ISDC70.324.51331162
78Bridgeport ISDC72.320.8321
79Mesquite ISDC71.022.146322192
80Fort Worth ISDC65.231.8125514254338
81Lancaster ISDC71.021.310163
82Everman ISDC72.417.591611
83Venus ISDC71.418.9321
84Godley ISDC-69.518.8431
85Poolville ISDC-74.68.9312
86Cleburne ISDC-68.018.1101342
87Duncanville ISDC-65.721.816682
88Wills Point ISDC-69.015.1422
89Greenville ISDD+69.114.48242
90Castleberry ISDD+67.217.1523
91Crowley ISDD+64.321.319577
92Lake Worth ISDD+64.717.16141
93Desoto ISDD+61.722.211155
94Kemp ISDD+68.410.3312
95Quinlan ISDD+66.113.9312
96Terrell ISDD66.013.6413
97Ferris ISDD65.213.5413
98Rio Vista ISDD67.48.6312
99Alvarado ISDD62.814.36222

Source: Texas Education Agency

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The Texas Education Agency (TEA) refers to the percentage of total State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for all subjects that meet or exceed TEA achievement standards as the student achievement index. The college readiness index shown above is 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. These are the metrics upon which this ranking analysis was based.

To provide some perspective regarding these rankings, school districts were assigned a letter grade that shows how their # dates-best-sch-district-rpt-yr# overall academic performance compares to other Texas school districts. A flat scale curve was used for these grade assignments. The top 10 percent of districts in the Texas school districts ranking received A grades, the next 20 percent highest performing school districts received B's, the next 40 percent received C's and school districts in the bottom 25 percent of the ranking received D's.

It may also be helpful to know that the 4.4 percent of Texas school districts had student achievement indexes above 90.0 and 17.7 percent districts had student achievement indexes above 85.0 for the 2016-2017 school year. A college readiness index of 35.5 indicates a district ranks among the top 5 percent of all Texas school districts in preparing its students for post-secondary education and an index of 27.5 placed it among the top 15 percent.

Accountability ratings awarded by the TEA in 2017 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 opinions of self-selected contributors of anonymous parent and student reviews and "expert insights" regarding teacher quality. A more in-depth description of how this best DFW school districts ranking was produced is provided in the Methodology section at the bottom of this page.

Objective fact-based 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. Lists of the top ranked high schools, middle schools and elementary schools are shown on this best Dallas schools page. Schools with the highest student achievement across all grade levels are identified on this best DFW schools k-12 page. If you are just beginning your DFW area home search and considering where you you want to buy a home, you may find the information on this more about DFW school districts page to also be useful.

Dallas area school districts attendance areas

rankdistrictstudentsattended by students living in                    boundary
1Highland Park ISD
(University Park, TX)
7,000Dallas, Highland Park, University ParkHighland Park ISD attendance boundaries
2Carroll ISD8,200Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, WestlakeCarroll ISD attendance boundaries
3Lovejoy ISD4,100Fairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, WylieLovejoy ISD attendance boundaries
4Coppell ISD12,300Coppell, IrvingCoppell ISD attendance boundaries
5Frisco ISD55,700Frisco, Little Elm, McKinney, PlanoFrisco ISD attendance boundaries
6Argyle ISD2,400Argyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower MoundArgyle ISD attendance boundaries
7Allen ISD20,900Allen, Lucas, McKinney, ParkerAllen ISD attendance boundaries
8Prosper ISD10,000Celina, Frisco, McKinney, ProsperProsper ISD attendance boundaries
9Grapevine-Colleyville ISD13,800Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, HurstGrapevine-Colleyville ISD attendance boundaries
10Aledo ISD5,400Aledo, Annetta, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford, Willow ParkAledo ISD attendance boundaries
11Sunnyvale ISD1,700SunnyvaleSunnyvale ISD attendance boundaries
12Plano ISD53,900Allen, Dallas, Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Plano, Richardson, WyliePlano ISD attendance boundaries
13Northwest ISD22,000Aurora, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Haslet, Justin, New Fairview, Newark, Northlake, Rhome, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy ClubNorthwest ISD attendance boundaries
14Celina ISD2,400Celina, McKinney, WestonCelina ISD attendance boundaries
15Rockwall ISD15,700Fate, Forney, Heath, McLendon Chisholm, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City, WylieRockwall ISD attendance boundaries
16Keller ISD34,600Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga, WestlakeKeller ISD attendance boundaries
17McKinney ISD24,700Fairview, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, New HopeMcKinney ISD attendance boundaries
18Grandview ISD1,200GrandviewGrandview ISD attendance boundaries
19Wylie ISD
(Wylie, TX)
15,000Lavon, Murphy, Sachse, St. Paul, WylieWylie ISD attendance boundaries
20Brock ISD1,300Brock, Lipan, Millsap, WeatherfordBrock ISD attendance boundaries
21Lewisville ISD53,200Carrollton, Coppell, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Frisco, Lewisville, Little Elm, Plano, The ColonyLewisville ISD attendance boundaries
22Richardson ISD39,200Dallas, Garland, RichardsonRichardson ISD attendance boundaries
23Melissa ISD2,600McKinney, MelissaMelissa ISD attendance boundaries
24Aubrey ISD2,400Aubrey, Cross Roads, Krugerville, Pilot Point, Providence VillageAubrey ISD attendance boundaries
25Glen Rose ISD1,800Cleburne, Glen Rose, Nemo, RainbowGlen Rose ISD attendance boundaries
26Mansfield ISD34,300Arlington, Burleson, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, MansfieldMansfield ISD attendance boundaries
27Caddo Mills ISD1,700Caddo Mills, Royse CityCaddo Mills ISD attendance boundaries
28Forney ISD9,700Forney, Talty, TerrellForney ISD attendance boundaries
29Farmersville ISD1,600Farmersville, NevadaFarmersville ISD attendance boundaries
30Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD23,100Arlington, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Hurst, North Richland HillsHurst-Euless-Bedford ISD attendance boundaries
31Burleson ISD11,900Burleson, Fort WorthBurleson ISD attendance boundaries
32Joshua ISD5,300Burleson, Cleburne, Crowley, Joshua, KeeneJoshua ISD attendance boundaries
33Lake Dallas ISD3,900Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas, Shady ShoresLake Dallas ISD attendance boundaries
34Midlothian ISD8,400Cedar Hill, Midlothian, Ovilla, WaxahachieMidlothian ISD attendance boundaries
35Paradise ISD1,200Decatur, Paradise, SpringtownParadise ISD attendance boundaries
36Denton ISD28,400Argyle, Aubrey, Bartonville, Copper Canyon, Corinth, Cross Roads, Denton, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Lantana, Little Elm, Oak Point, Prosper, Providence Village, Sanger, Savannah, Shady ShoresDenton ISD attendance boundaries
37Palmer ISD1,200Palmer, WaxahachiePalmer ISD attendance boundaries
38Birdville ISD23,800Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, WataugaBirdville ISD attendance boundaries
39Krum ISD2,100Krum, Ponder, SangerKrum ISD attendance boundaries
40Decatur ISD3,100Decatur, New Fairview, RhomeDecatur ISD attendance boundaries
41Ponder ISD1,300Dish, Justin, PonderPonder ISD attendance boundaries
42Kennedale ISD3,100Arlington, KennedaleKennedale ISD attendance boundaries
43Waxahachie ISD8,400Forreston, Midlothian, Red Oak, WaxahachieWaxahachie ISD attendance boundaries
44Peaster ISD1,100Poolville, WeatherfordPeaster ISD attendance boundaries
45Azle ISD6,300Azle, Fort Worth, Lakeside, Pelican Bay, Reno, Springtown, WeatherfordAzle ISD attendance boundaries
46Royse City ISD5,500Fate, Royse CityRoyse City ISD attendance boundaries
47Kaufman ISD3,800Kaufman, Oak RidgeKaufman ISD attendance boundaries
48Princeton ISD4,100Lowry Crossing, PrincetonPrinceton ISD attendance boundaries
49White Settlement ISD6,800Fort Worth, Lakeside, White SettlementWhite Settlement ISD attendance boundaries
50Grand Prairie ISD29,300Dallas, Grand PrairieGrand Prairie ISD attendance boundaries
51Pilot Point ISD1,400Pilot Point, Tioga, Valley ViewPilot Point ISD attendance boundaries
52Boyd ISD1,200Boyd, DecaturBoyd ISD attendance boundaries
53Little Elm ISD7,400Frisco, Lakewood Village, Little Elm, Oak Point, The Colony Little Elm ISD attendance boundaries
54Maypearl ISD1,100Maypearl, WaxahachieMaypearl ISD attendance boundaries
55Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD25,200Carrollton, Coppell, Dallas, Farmers Branch, IrvingCarrollton-Farmers Branch ISD attendance boundaries
56Red Oak ISD5,700Glenn Heights, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Red Oak, WaxahachieRed Oak ISD attendance boundaries
57Granbury ISD7,000Cresson, DeCordova, GranburyGranbury ISD attendance boundaries
58Boles ISD500Cash, QuinlanBoles ISD attendance boundaries
59Scurry-Rosser ISD1,000Rosser, ScurryScurry-Rosser ISD attendance boundaries
60Crandall ISD3,800Combine, Crandall, Heartland, KaufmanCrandall ISD attendance boundaries
61Garland ISD57,000Garland, Rowlett, Sachse, WylieGarland ISD attendance boundaries
62Millsap ISD1,000Millsap, WeatherfordMillsap ISD attendance boundaries
63Sanger ISD2,700SangerSanger ISD attendance boundaries
64Eagle Mt-Saginaw ISD19,600Blue Mound, Fort Worth, SaginawEagle Mt-Saginaw ISD attendance boundaries
65Weatherford ISD8,000Hudson Oaks, Springtown, Weatherford, Willow ParkWeatherford ISD attendance boundaries
66Blue Ridge ISD800Blue RidgeBlue Ridge ISD attendance boundaries
67Bland ISD700Caddo Mills, Celeste, Farmersville, GreenvilleBland ISD attendance boundaries
68Irving ISD34,700Grand Prairie, IrvingIrving ISD attendance boundaries
69Arlington ISD62,100Arlington, Grand Prairie, PantegoArlington ISD attendance boundaries
70Alvord ISD700Alvord, Decatur, SunsetAlvord ISD attendance boundaries
71Keene ISD1,100KeeneKeene ISD attendance boundaries
72Community ISD2,100Farmersville, Josephine, Lavon, Nevada, RockwallCommunity ISD attendance boundaries
73Anna ISD3,200AnnaAnna ISD attendance boundaries
74Springtown ISD3,500Azle, Boyd, Paradise, Reno, Scurry, Springtown, WeatherfordSpringtown ISD attendance boundaries
75Dallas ISD157,800Addison, Dallas, DeSoto, Farmers Branch, Highland Park, Hutchins, Seagoville, WilmerDallas ISD attendance boundaries
76Ennis ISD5,800Bardwell, Ennis, GarrettEnnis ISD attendance boundaries
77Cedar Hill ISD7,900Cedar Hill, Dallas, Grand PrairieCedar Hill ISD attendance boundaries
78Bridgeport ISD2,100Bridgeport, Lake Bridgeport, Paradise, Runaway BayBridgeport ISD attendance boundaries
79Mesquite ISD40,900Balch Springs, Garland, Mesquite, SeagovilleMesquite ISD attendance boundaries
80Fort Worth ISD87,200Aledo, Arlington, Benbrook, Edgecliff Village, Forest Hill, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Westover HillsFort Worth ISD attendance boundaries
81Lancaster ISD7,600LancasterLancaster ISD attendance boundaries
82Everman ISD5,900Everman, Forest Hill, Fort WorthEverman ISD attendance boundaries
83Venus ISD2,100Alvarado, VenusVenus ISD attendance boundaries
84Godley ISD1,900Benbrook, Fort Worth, Godley, JoshuaGodley ISD attendance boundaries
85Poolville ISD600Poolville, SpringtownPoolville ISD attendance boundaries
86Cleburne ISD6,700CleburneCleburne ISD attendance boundaries
87Duncanville ISD12,800Cedar Hill, Dallas, DeSoto, DuncanvilleDuncanville ISD attendance boundaries
88Wills Point ISD2,400Terrell, Wills PointWills Point ISD attendance boundaries
89Greenville ISD5,400GreenvilleGreenville ISD attendance boundaries
90Castleberry ISD4,000Fort Worth, River Oaks, Sansom ParkCastleberry ISD attendance boundaries
91Crowley ISD15,200Crowley, Edgecliff Village, Fort WorthCrowley ISD attendance boundaries
92Lake Worth ISD3,500Fort Worth, Lake Worth, Sansom ParkLake Worth ISD attendance boundaries
93Desoto ISD9,700DeSoto, Glenn HeightsDesoto ISD attendance boundaries
94Kemp ISD1,500Kemp, ScurryKemp ISD attendance boundaries
95Quinlan ISD2,600Hawk Cove, Quinlan, Royse City, Terrell, Union Valley, West Tawakoni, Wills PointQuinlan ISD attendance boundaries
96Terrell ISD4,400TerrellTerrell ISD attendance boundaries
97Ferris ISD2,600Ferris, Red Oak, WaxahachieFerris ISD attendance boundaries
98Rio Vista ISD700Cleburne, Grandview, Rio VistaRio Vista ISD attendance boundaries
99Alvarado ISD3,700AlvaradoAlvarado ISD attendance boundaries

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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. 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 DFW high schools page.

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