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School Districts In Dallas Fort Worth

Student academic performance information and 2018 Texas Education Agency (TEA) accountability ratings for school districts in the DFW area are provided in the DFW school districts table shown below. Similar comprehensive ranked lists of Dallas schools can be displayed by clicking on these Dallas public high schools, Dallas public middle schools and Dallas public elementary schools links.

If you are thinking about buying a home in the DFW area, quality of local schools should be a major consideration, whether you have school age children or not. If you have children who will be attending local schools, it is reassuring to know that they will have access to high-quality primary and secondary education. If you don't have school age children, the quality of nearby schools is still important. It is more likely that houses located within the attendance boundaries of a strong school district will see higher appreciation when the market is good and more likely to hold their value when it is not so good than houses that are in lower-quality school districts. It also is easily demonstrated that homes in good school districts usually sell faster than homes in lower-quality school districts, especially when housing demand is soft. And finally, many homeowners believe they will have better neighbors when they live in a good school district. All in all, it is relatively easy to make a compelling case that buying in a strong school district can enhance and help protect the investment you make when you purchase a home.

As shown on this DFW commute times and distances page, the time and cost expended for getting to one place from another within the DFW metroplex can be significant. This and the quality of schools issue typically cause their decision about which communities are preferable or acceptable to be one of the first that prospective home buyers make. Where to buy decisions almost always also include an assessment of which areas offer the desired combination of great houses at a reasonable price and a safe and nice place to live. Data provided in table below and on these best Dallas suburbs and best Dallas suburbs for families pages can provide a good start in finding the communities that might best meet the needs of you and your family.

2019 DFW school districts rankings

The data presented in this table can be sorted by clicking on the table headings. You also can limit the display of information by typing the name of a school district in the Search box. To display all DFW school districts, reset Show entries to All.

% students met criteria
1Carroll ISD10100.095100.059.6%63.2%69.8%8,300A
2Lovejoy ISD1097.29593.161.6%63.0%52.6%4,200A
3Highland Park ISD1096.49494.065.0%45.3%67.1%7,000A
4Coppell ISD1095.09490.553.1%59.1%62.4%12,600A
5Allen ISD1087.29374.145.5%66.2%31.2%21,100A
6Plano ISD1084.49173.146.9%58.0%35.1%53,700A
7Grapevine-Colleyville ISD1081.39165.242.6%50.2%31.9%13,900A
8Frisco ISD1080.99358.336.6%44.7%30.5%58,300A
9Aledo ISD1080.19259.330.6%53.8%32.0%5,700A
10McKinney ISD1079.79064.345.2%48.7%27.8%24,800A
11Prosper ISD1078.89256.132.8%36.9%38.5%12,100A
12Rockwall ISD1078.89159.036.6%50.9%26.2%16,200A
13Argyle ISD1077.79253.316.4%51.1%41.0%2,700A
14Keller ISD1075.39053.233.9%44.2%24.0%34,900A
15Lewisville ISD1073.78758.334.1%50.6%28.2%52,400B
16Sunnyvale ISD1072.39239.756.2%29.5%1,800A
17Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD1072.19045.332.5%38.8%14.3%23,400A
18Wylie ISD1070.99236.220.0%34.5%16.1%15,700A
19Celina ISD1070.89139.023.3%17.5%34.1%2,600A
20Northwest ISD1069.69039.024.3%37.5%13.3%23,100A
21Richardson ISD1067.28451.033.0%35.8%28.7%39,200B
22Brock ISD1066.39127.71.0%31.0%27.3%1,400A
23Mansfield ISD1066.08739.021.4%42.5%12.5%35,000A
24Midlothian ISD1065.28736.917.7%34.1%21.1%8,800B
25Melissa ISD1064.89221.13.9%21.1%18.8%2,800A
26Birdville ISD1063.88442.531.2%34.5%14.3%23,600B
27Aubrey ISD1063.18828.79.0%34.0%15.7%2,500B
28Forney ISD1062.98828.214.7%32.6%8.2%10,200B
29Grandview ISD961.89019.41.2%15.5%24.4%1,200A
30Caddo Mills ISD960.49113.00.8%19.6%7.5%1,700A
31Eagle Mt-Saginaw ISD960.18336.326.9%31.3%10.2%19,300B
32Glen Rose ISD959.78626.28.5%33.1%11.8%1,800A
33Lake Dallas ISD959.58334.917.6%37.3%13.9%4,000B
34Burleson ISD959.08236.522.2%38.0%10.5%12,200B
35Bland ISD958.88721.034.1%11.4%700A
36Denton ISD958.68429.517.3%28.4%11.4%29,200B
37Farmersville ISD958.28719.47.0%14.0%18.0%1,600B
38Joshua ISD958.18525.46.9%37.3%8.2%5,500B
39Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD958.17943.334.6%36.3%9.8%25,200B
40Mabank ISD957.88621.412.3%22.2%7.2%3,500B
41Granbury ISD957.38232.413.6%34.3%16.9%7,100B
42Kennedale ISD957.18231.819.2%34.4%8.0%3,100B
43Princeton ISD957.08619.510.1%21.8%6.6%4,400A
44Royse City ISD956.28326.414.0%29.2%8.6%5,700B
45Decatur ISD956.08229.014.0%23.5%19.8%3,300B
46Waxahachie ISD956.08229.08.9%35.9%14.4%8,500B
47Ponder ISD855.68519.031.0%10.1%1,400B
48Garland ISD855.27936.122.9%39.1%7.5%56,500B
49Krum ISD854.97935.322.8%29.8%15.1%2,100C
50Peaster ISD854.58225.26.9%29.3%15.5%1,200B
51Paradise ISD853.48319.53.3%24.5%13.0%1,200B
52Lone Oak ISD853.48319.46.0%20.2%13.4%1,000B
53Little Elm ISD853.47931.421.6%27.1%11.1%7,500C
54Azle ISD853.28222.110.4%26.3%7.3%6,500B
55Tolar ISD853.08512.624.2%3.2%800B
56Grand Prairie ISD852.57832.220.4%37.0%4.7%29,300B
57Alvord ISD851.88315.515.7%17.6%700A
58Sanger ISD851.88218.57.0%16.8%13.3%2,700C
59Palmer ISD851.68315.025.0%7.4%1,200B
60Red Oak ISD851.58023.812.6%26.1%8.1%5,800B
61Blue Ridge ISD851.48411.520.0%5.0%800B
62Weatherford ISD851.47829.419.9%24.4%11.7%8,100C
63White Settlement ISD851.28023.010.8%27.2%7.7%6,800C
64Anna ISD750.57827.312.3%34.1%8.1%3,400C
65Arlington ISD750.37632.721.5%32.2%9.0%61,000C
66Crandall ISD750.37826.715.7%23.8%12.3%4,000C
67Pilot Point ISD749.67922.17.5%24.3%13.1%1,400C
68Springtown ISD748.97920.47.9%24.5%8.7%3,600C
69Scurry-Rosser ISD748.88211.11.1%18.0%4.5%1,000B
70Maypearl ISD748.18015.229.6%3.5%1,200B
71Wolfe City ISD748.0829.010.3%9.1%700B
72Community ISD747.47916.65.6%21.9%6.3%2,300C
73Keene ISD747.27624.912.5%30.5%6.3%1,000B
74Lipan ISD647.0826.514.3%400B
75Bridgeport ISD646.77623.711.1%23.4%12.6%2,100C
76Dallas ISD646.37428.819.5%26.4%9.0%156,700B
77Ennis ISD646.27816.511.3%11.9%8.2%5,800C
78Mesquite ISD644.97425.218.0%24.5%5.3%40,900C
79Irving ISD643.97034.726.8%28.4%9.8%33,900B
80Boles ISD643.67615.924.0%10.4%500B
81Millsap ISD543.57518.86.8%22.9%8.5%1,000B
82Chico ISD543.5789.717.0%4.0%600C
83Kaufman ISD542.47516.07.1%18.9%6.0%4,000B
84Boyd ISD542.27418.48.3%20.0%8.3%1,300C
85Slidell ISD541.57513.825.0%5.0%200Met Standard
86Cedar Hill ISD541.07318.44.1%25.0%9.2%7,900C
87Godley ISD540.37316.63.8%27.1%3.8%2,000C
88Celeste ISD540.0766.99.5%5.4%500B
89Everman ISD539.77315.29.6%15.9%3.9%5,800C
90Poolville ISD438.9764.39.5%500C
91Fort Worth ISD438.86925.017.2%26.0%4.6%86,000C
92Garner ISD438.477200Met Standard
93Lancaster ISD438.3748.75.2%9.5%2.3%7,400C
94Venus ISD438.27311.519.1%5.9%2,100C
95Avalon ISD437.97310.823.5%400Met Standard
96Cleburne ISD437.86922.615.5%23.9%3.8%6,700C
97Crowley ISD436.66919.412.2%21.4%3.8%15,200C
98Rio Vista ISD435.97111.81.6%21.9%1.6%700C
99Italy ISD335.5741.73.8%600B
100Greenville ISD335.37110.41.3%16.4%4.3%5,500B
101Kemp ISD334.17010.318.9%3.5%1,600B
102Commerce ISD333.9709.70.8%12.2%7.6%1,500C
103Alvarado ISD333.46911.42.5%19.3%2.1%3,700C
104Castleberry ISD333.36911.34.8%16.3%1.6%3,900C
105Quinlan ISD231.96713.64.4%18.9%4.7%2,600D
106Duncanville ISD230.76516.67.2%22.4%3.8%12,900C
107Terrell ISD229.0676.51.3%9.0%3.3%4,600C
108Ferris ISD228.06510.04.0%11.4%4.7%2,700D
109Desoto ISD224.46015.94.5%23.8%4.5%9,700D
110Lake Worth ISD223.75723.312.3%26.2%7.4%3,300D
111Milford ISD122.05913.128.6%300Met Standard
112Campbell ISD121.85912.518.8%8.3%300C

The Texas Education Agency 2018 Accountability Manual described the methodology used by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to award district and campus accountability ratings and describes specifically how the four metrics used in this study to rank the academic performance of DFW school districts were derived. Basically, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) metric is the cumulative 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 perspective regarding each districts’ 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 on the best DFW school districts page page. 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.

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