Best School Districts In Texas
This objective, fact-based analysis examines the most credible currently available academic performance data for all 1,020 Texas school districts that offer K-12 curriculums to identify the 2019 top school districts in Texas. Evaluation factors included both broad-based and college-bound student performance measurements. Key performance metrics and the most recent Texas Education Agency accountability ratings for all school districts included this ranking analysis are presented on this 2019 Texas school districts rankings page.
The five highest ranked districts in this 2019 best Texas school districts analysis were also the five top ranked districts in the last year's study, but their ranking positions have changed. Carroll ISD jumped to first place, up from third position last year. Eanes ISD remained in second place and Lovejoy ISD moved up one position to third place. Highland Park ISD, last year's top ranked Texas school district dropped to fourth place and Coppell ISD again claimed the fifth position.
2019 top 25 Texas school districts
The performance data in this top Texas school districts rankings table can be sorted by clicking on the table headings. You also can limit the display to the top ranked districts in a metropolitan area by typing the name of the area in the Search box.
|% students met criteria|
|AP / IB||SAT||ACT||metro area|
|1||Carroll ISD||10||100.0||95||100.0||59.6%||63.2%||69.8%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|2||Eanes ISD||10||98.8||94||99.9||64.3%||66.4%||60.1%||Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos|
|3||Lovejoy ISD||10||97.2||95||93.1||61.6%||63.0%||52.6%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|4||Highland Park ISD|
(University Park, TX)
|5||Coppell ISD||10||95.0||94||90.5||53.1%||59.1%||62.4%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|6||Lake Travis ISD||10||89.4||93||79.6||46.9%||63.0%||44.0%||Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos|
|7||Allen ISD||10||87.2||93||74.1||45.5%||66.2%||31.2%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|8||Friendswood ISD||10||85.5||93||69.7||39.1%||56.0%||40.5%||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land|
|9||Plano ISD||10||84.4||91||73.1||46.9%||58.0%||35.1%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|10||Round Rock ISD||10||83.5||91||70.8||42.6%||65.5%||29.0%||Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos|
|11||Alamo Heights ISD||10||82.1||88||76.2||48.4%||60.6%||37.0%||San Antonio-New Braunfels|
|12||Grapevine-Colleyville ISD||10||81.3||91||65.2||42.6%||50.2%||31.9%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|13||Boerne ISD||10||81.1||91||64.7||38.5%||54.9%||31.8%||San Antonio-New Braunfels|
|14||Frisco ISD||10||80.9||93||58.3||36.6%||44.7%||30.5%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|15||Leander ISD||10||80.4||90||65.9||41.3%||50.4%||34.8%||Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos|
|16||Aledo ISD||10||80.1||92||59.3||30.6%||53.8%||32.0%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|17||Dripping Springs ISD||10||80.0||92||59.1||28.3%||52.3%||36.0%||Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos|
|18||McKinney ISD||10||79.7||90||64.3||45.2%||48.7%||27.8%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|19||Prosper ISD||10||78.8||92||56.1||32.8%||36.9%||38.5%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|20||Rockwall ISD||10||78.8||91||59.0||36.6%||50.9%||26.2%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|21||Katy ISD||10||78.7||91||58.6||36.8%||53.0%||23.0%||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land|
|22||Argyle ISD||10||77.7||92||53.3||16.4%||51.1%||41.0%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|23||Tomball ISD||10||77.6||92||53.1||35.3%||47.4%||18.7%||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land|
|24||Lindsay ISD||10||77.4||92||52.5||26.5%||41.2%||35.3%||non-metro area|
|25||Conroe ISD||10||75.6||90||53.9||34.2%||44.2%||25.0%||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land|
|26||Keller ISD||10||75.3||90||53.2||33.9%||44.2%||24.0%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|27||Pearland ISD||10||75.0||91||49.4||33.0%||46.9%||14.6%||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land|
|28||Randolph Field ISD||10||74.8||91||49.0||28.8%||49.6%||16.7%||San Antonio-New Braunfels|
|29||Barbers Hill ISD||10||74.6||92||45.6||30.2%||29.5%||27.1%||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land|
|30||Lewisville ISD||10||73.7||87||58.3||34.1%||50.6%||28.2%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|31||Comal ISD||10||73.3||90||48.1||24.4%||52.4%||18.2%||San Antonio-New Braunfels|
|32||College Station ISD||10||73.1||88||53.8||33.3%||47.9%||22.4%||College Station-Bryan|
|33||London ISD||10||72.4||91||43.0||17.6%||49.0%||19.6%||Corpus Christi|
|34||Sunnyvale ISD||10||72.3||92||39.7||0.0%||56.2%||29.5%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|35||Knippa ISD||10||72.1||92||39.3||0.0%||36.9%||47.4%||non-metro area|
|36||Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD||10||72.1||90||45.3||32.5%||38.8%||14.3%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|37||Wimberley ISD||10||72.0||87||53.9||28.9%||53.3%||23.4%||Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos|
|38||Poth ISD||10||71.5||91||40.7||12.1%||47.0%||24.2%||San Antonio-New Braunfels|
|41||Celina ISD||10||70.8||91||39.0||23.3%||17.5%||34.1%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|42||Clear Creek ISD||10||70.7||87||50.7||29.9%||48.6%||19.8%||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land|
|44||Fort Bend ISD||10||70.2||87||49.5||29.4%||48.8%||17.6%||Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land|
|45||Jim Ned CISD||10||70.1||89||43.2||25.4%||29.4%||28.6%||Abilene|
|46||Northwest ISD||10||69.6||90||39.0||24.3%||37.5%||13.3%||Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington|
|47||New Braunfels ISD||10||69.3||87||47.4||26.9%||51.4%||14.1%||San Antonio-New Braunfels|
|48||Wall ISD||10||69.0||93||28.5||0.0%||19.7%||41.2%||San Angelo|
|49||Port Aransas ISD||10||68.8||90||37.0||21.8%||37.3%||12.7%||Corpus Christi|
Source: Texas Education Agency
The Texas Education Agency 2018 Accountability Manual describes the methodology used by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to award district and campus accountability ratings and how the four metrics used in this study to rank the academic performance of DFW school districts were derived. The first of these metrics, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) score is the scaled score of all STAAR assessments administered to district students during the 2017-2018 school year. The Advance Placement / International Baccalaureate (AP/IB) and the SAT and ACT college admission tests metrics are the number of students meeting college-ready criteria specified in the Texas Success Initiative (TSI), a state-legislated program to improve student success in college.
To provide additional precision in the evaluation of each district’s academic performance, an academic performance index that indicates the relative performance of each Texas school districts was constructed based on these four factors, as described in the Methodology section below. Each district also has been assigned an academic performance score based on its relative position in the academic performance index. The top 10 percent of Texas school districts included in this study received an academic performance score of 10, districts in the next lower, ninth decile districts received a score of 9, and so on.
Accountability ratings awarded by the TEA in 2018 were not considered in this analysis since these ratings also take into account multiple factors that generally have no meaningful linkage to the learning success of individual students, such as graduation rates, students enlisting in the military and changes in student performance on the STAAR evaluations from one year to the next. Also not considered in this study are subjective factors such as opinions of self-selected contributors of anonymous parent and student reviews and "expert insights" regarding teacher quality.
Within each evaluation category, the top ranked Texas 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 academic performance index.
Performance on STAAR tests: 60 points
A maximum of 60 points was awarded based on the percentage of a district's students meeting the TSI achievement standards on the STAAR reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies subject assessments. As described in the Texas Education Agency Accountability Manual, the STAAR score shown in the table above is calculated by first adding equal weightings of the percentage of assessments on which students’ performance mastered grade level, met grade level and approached grade level, dividing the sum by 3 and rounding it to the nearest whole percentage. The TEA refers to this as the raw STAAR component score. This raw score is then adjusted or “scaled” by using a conversion table to align letter grades and raw component scores of Texas public school districts and campuses. Because the precision of the scaled STAAR star is significantly diminished, but otherwise unchanged for comparison purposes, by this process, the raw STAAR component score is used in this analysis to measure relative performance on the STAAR tests.
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 scores on the College Board AP examinations or IB examinations in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies was awarded a maximum of 20 points. A maximum of 20 points also was awarded to the district with the top SAT and ACT 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 Texas high school rankings page.
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