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Best School Districts In Dallas Fort Worth

Carroll ISD, Lovejoy ISD, Highland Park ISD and Coppell ISD claimed for the third year in a row the top four positions in this 2019 best school districts in DFW analysis. Carroll ISD and Lovejoy ISD both moved up one spot in this year's ranking and Highland Park ISD dropped to third place. Allen ISD moved from seventh place last year to fifth in the current DFW school districts rankings, replacing Frisco ISD, which fell to eighth place.

Carroll ISD also is recognized as the top district in this 2019 Texas best school districts academic performance study and Lovejoy ISD, Highland Park ISD, Coppell ISD and Plano ISD also earned top ten honors. A total of fourteen DFW area school districts rank among the 25 top performing school districts in Texas.

2019 best DFW school districts

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% students met criteria
AP / IBSATACTattended by students living in
1Carroll ISD10100.095100.059.6%63.2%69.8%Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake, Westlake
2Lovejoy ISD1097.29593.161.6%63.0%52.6%Fairview, Lucas, Allen, McKinney, Wylie
3Highland Park ISD1096.49494.065.0%45.3%67.1%Dallas, Highland Park, University Park
4Coppell ISD1095.09490.553.1%59.1%62.4%Coppell, Irving
5Allen ISD1087.29374.145.5%66.2%31.2%Allen, Lucas, McKinney, Parker
6Plano ISD1084.49173.146.9%58.0%35.1%Allen, Dallas, Lucas, Murphy, Parker, Plano, Richardson, Wylie
7Grapevine-Colleyville ISD1081.39165.242.6%50.2%31.9%Colleyville, Euless, Grapevine, Hurst
8Frisco ISD1080.99358.336.6%44.7%30.5%Frisco, Little Elm, McKinney, Plano
9Aledo ISD1080.19259.330.6%53.8%32.0%Aledo, Annetta, Cresson, Fort Worth, Hudson Oaks, Weatherford, Willow Park
10McKinney ISD1079.79064.345.2%48.7%27.8%Fairview, Lowry Crossing, Lucas, McKinney, New Hope
11Prosper ISD1078.89256.132.8%36.9%38.5%Celina, Frisco, McKinney, Prosper
12Rockwall ISD1078.89159.036.6%50.9%26.2%Fate, Forney, Heath, McLendon Chisholm, Rockwall, Rowlett, Royse City, Wylie
13Argyle ISD1077.79253.316.4%51.1%41.0%Argyle, Bartonville, Denton, Flower Mound
14Keller ISD1075.39053.233.9%44.2%24.0%Colleyville, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Hurst, Keller, North Richland Hills, Southlake, Watauga, Westlake
15Lewisville ISD1073.78758.334.1%50.6%28.2%Carrollton, Coppell, Copper Canyon, Double Oak, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Frisco, Lewisville, Little Elm, Plano, The Colony
16Sunnyvale ISD1072.39239.70.0%56.2%29.5%Sunnyvale
17Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD1072.19045.332.5%38.8%14.3%Arlington, Bedford, Colleyville, Euless, Fort Worth, Hurst, North Richland Hills
18Wylie ISD1070.99236.220.0%34.5%16.1%Lavon, Murphy, Sachse, St. Paul, Wylie
19Celina ISD1070.89139.023.3%17.5%34.1%Celina, McKinney, Weston
20Northwest ISD1069.69039.024.3%37.5%13.3%Aurora, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Haslet, Justin, New Fairview, Newark, Northlake, Rhome, Roanoke, Southlake, Trophy Club
21Richardson ISD1067.28451.033.0%35.8%28.7%Dallas, Garland, Richardson
22Brock ISD1066.39127.71.0%31.0%27.3%Brock, Lipan, Millsap, Weatherford
23Mansfield ISD1066.08739.021.4%42.5%12.5%Arlington, Burleson, Fort Worth, Grand Prairie, Mansfield
24Midlothian ISD1065.28736.917.7%34.1%21.1%Cedar Hill, Midlothian, Ovilla, Waxahachie
25Melissa ISD1064.89221.13.9%21.1%18.8%McKinney, Melissa

Source: Texas Education Agency

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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 at the bottom of this 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.

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.

Similar objective, fact-based analyses that rank more than 1,700 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 want to buy a home, you may find the information on this more about DFW school districts page to also be useful.

Housing and community desirability data for many of the cities and towns served by the north Texas school districts listed above is available on this best Dallas suburbs page. This about Dallas suburbs page makes available information such as population growth and density and current residents education and income.


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 score is significantly diminished but otherwise unchanged for comparison purposes by this process, the unrounded 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 DFW high schools page.


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