Best School Districts In Texas
This objective, fact-based analysis examines the most credible and latest available academic performance data for all 829 Texas school districts that offer K-12 curriculums to identify the 2018 top school districts in Texas. Evaluation factors included both broad-based and college-bound student performance measurements. Key performance metrics and the most recent accountability ratings for all school districts included this ranking analysis are presented on this 2018 Texas school districts rankings page.
Each of the districts identified below as the top school districts in Texas received a Met Standard 2017 accountability rating, the top district and campus rating awarded by the Texas Education Commission (TEA) since 2013. Less than two percent of the Texas school districts received Improvement Required ratings in 2017.
2018 top 25 Texas school districts
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|campus student achievement index|
|campuses||90+||80 - 89||70 - 79||60 - 69||59-|
|1||Highland Park ISD|
(University Park, TX)
|6||Lake Travis ISD||A+||92.6||46.9||9||8||1|
|12||Round Rock ISD||A||86.1||49.8||50||19||15||11||5|
|15||Randolph Field ISD||A||91.8||37.0||3||3|
|17||Dripping Springs ISD||A||89.5||40.2||5||3||2|
Source: Texas Education Agency
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 perspective regarding what these metrics indicate about how a district's academic performance compares to the academic performance of other districts included in this study, each district has been assigned a letter grade that reflects its relative overall academic performance. A flat scale curve was used for these grade assignments. As shown on the Texas school districts rankings page, the top 10 percent of the districts received A grades, the next 20 percent highest performing districts received B's, the next 40 percent received C's and school districts in the bottom the 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 Texas school districts ranking was produced is provided in the Methodology section at the bottom of this page. A comparison with other online rankings, one of which relies heavily on subjective factors, is presented on this Texas school district online rankings comparison page.
Top 25 Texas school districts attendance areas
|rank||district||students||attended by students living in||boundary
|1||Highland Park ISD|
(University Park, TX)
|7,000||Dallas, Highland Park, University Park|
|2||Eanes ISD||8,100||Austin, Rollingwood, West Lake Hills|
|3||Carroll ISD||8,200||Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, Westlake|
|4||Lovejoy ISD||4,100||Fairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, Wylie|
|5||Coppell ISD||12,300||Coppell, Irving|
|6||Lake Travis ISD||9,800||Austin, Bee Cave, Dripping Springs, Lakeway, Spicewood, The Hills|
|7||Wall ISD||1,100||Christoval, San Angelo, Wall|
|9||Frisco ISD||55,700||Frisco, Little Elm, McKinney, Plano|
|10||Argyle ISD||2,400||Argyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower Mound|
|11||Allen ISD||20,900||Allen, Lucas, McKinney, Parker|
|12||Round Rock ISD||48,100||Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock|
|13||Boerne ISD||8,300||Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch|
|14||Prosper ISD||10,000||Celina, Frisco, McKinney, Prosper|
|15||Randolph Field ISD||1,400||JBSA-Randolph, Universal City|
|16||Grapevine-Colleyville ISD||13,800||Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Hurst|
|17||Dripping Springs ISD||6,000||Austin, Driftwood, Dripping Springs|
|18||Aledo ISD||5,400||Aledo, Annetta, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford, Willow Park|
|20||Katy ISD||75,200||Brookshire, Fulshear, Houston, Katy|
|22||London ISD||1,000||Corpus Christi|
|24||Plano ISD||53,900||Allen, Dallas, Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Plano, Richardson, Wylie|
|25||Leander ISD||38,100||Austin, Cedar Park, Jonestown, Leander, Volente, Georgetown, Round Rock|
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 Texas high school rankings page.
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