TXSmartSchools uses academic, financial, and demographic data to identify school districts and campuses that produce high academic achievement while also maintaining cost-effective operations.
We hope that school districts and education policymakers will use this information to identify Texas schools worth emulating—those facing similar challenges and spending similar dollars but that are able to achieve great things.
The heart of the TXSmartSchools website is the Apples2Apples data exploration tool that enables you to interact with Texas public school and district data.
Just pick any Texas school or district — or several schools and districts — and Apples2Apples will retrieve the data and suggest fiscal peers for comparison.
Welcome to TXSmartSchools.org, a new resource for Texans interested in school effectiveness and efficiency replacing the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST).
Donald Trump’s education plan proposes to redirect $20 billion in federal education spending towards school choice, which raises the obvious question: how are existing choice programs doing? According to our data, many charter schools in Texas are doing remarkably well.