TXSmartSchools Results 2016

Using both academic progress and spending levels at Texas' school districts and individual school campuses, each district and campus has been assigned a Smart Score of one to five stars, indicating its success in combining cost-effective spending with the achievement of measurable student academic progress compared with their fiscal peers. Five stars reflects the strongest relative progress combined with the lowest relative spending.

Our school and district comparison calculations use three-year averages to get more stable and persistent measures with less year-to-year volatility. Thus, the 2016 TXSmartSchools results are based on data from the 2014-2015, 2013-2014, and 2012-2013 school years.

Five-Star Districts
May 2016

There were 44 five-star charter and public school districts in 2016. Another 104 districts earned four-and-a-half stars. Of the 44 five-star districts, 28 held that rank last year as well.

2016 Five-Star Districts Charter County Enrolled
Abbott ISD Hill 264
Accelerated Intermediate Academy Yes Harris 254
Alief Montessori Community School Yes Harris 296
Argyle ISD Denton 2,049
Arlington Classics Academy Yes Tarrant 1,392
Aubrey ISD Denton 2,211
Brock ISD Parker 1,172
Burnham Wood Charter School District Yes El Paso 968
Caddo Mills ISD Hunt 1,591
Charparral Star Academy Yes Travis 358
Clear Creek ISD Galveston 40,640
Comal ISD Comal 20,264
Conroe ISD Montgomery 56,164
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Harris 112,691
Dodd City ISD Fannin 385
Fort Bend ISD Fort Bend 71,681
Friendswood ISD Galveston 6,087
Frisco ISD Collin 49,485
Gause ISD Milam 186
Harmony School Of Excellence Yes Harris 4,018
Harmony School Of Science - Houston Yes Harris 2,949
Highland Park ISD Dallas 7,061
Houston Gateway Academy Inc Yes Harris 1,886
Houston Heights Learning Academy I Yes Harris 166
Keller ISD Tarrant 33,552
Kipp Austin Public Schools Inc Yes Travis 3,860
Kipp Inc Charter Yes Harris 11,240
Klein ISD Harris 49,180
Lamar CISD Fort Bend 28,252
Lone Oak ISD Hunt 997
Meridian World School LLC Yes Williamson 1,064
Midlothian ISD Ellis 7,881
Mumford ISD Robertson 612
Nova Academy (Southeast) Yes Dallas 720
Pearland ISD Brazoria 20,481
Ser-Ninos Charter School Yes Harris 1,031
Stephen F Austin State University Yes Nacogdoches 250
Tomball ISD Harris 13,190
Treetops School International Yes Tarrant 363
Vanguard Academy Yes Hildalgo 2,333
Westlake Academy Charter School Yes Tarrant 815
Wildorado ISD Oldham 92
Winnsboro ISD Wood 1,448
Wylie ISD Taylor 3,992

Like independent school districts, some charter operators run only one campus, while others run multiple campuses. All charter operators are considered school districts for the purposes of the TXSmartSchools analysis.

Five-Star Campuses
May 2016

There were 263 five-star charter and public school campuses in 2016. Another 540 campuses earned four-and-a-half stars.

You can use the Apples2Apples comparison tool to list them all.

Five-Star Districts
December 2015

There were 46 five-star charter and public school districts in 2015. Another 85 districts earned four-and-a-half stars.

2015 Five-Star Districts Charter County Enrolled
Alief ISD Harris 46,207
Alief Montessori Community School Yes Harris 283
Allen ISD Collin 20,262
Arlington Classics Academy Yes Tarrant 1,284
Aubrey ISD Denton 2,060
Caddo Mills ISD Hunt 1,546
Charparral Star Academy Yes Travis 360
Clear Creek ISD Galveston 39,808
Comal ISD Comal 19,436
Conroe ISD Montgomery 54,808
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Harris 111,173
Dodd City ISD Fannin 359
Excelsior ISD Shelby 95
Fort Bend ISD Fort Bend 70,512
Friendswood ISD Galveston 6,045
Frisco ISD Collin 45,892
Hardin-Jefferson ISD Hardin 2,101
Harmony School Of Science - Houston Yes Harris 2,854
Houston Gateway Academy Inc Yes Harris 1,621
Katy ISD Harris 67,015
Keene ISD Johnson 895
Keller ISD Tarrant 33,685
Kipp Inc Charter Yes Harris 9,882
Klein ISD Harris 48,003
La Academia De Estrellas Yes Dallas 1,058
Lake Travis ISD Travis 8,224
Lamar CISD Fort Bend 27,024
Lorena ISD McLennan 1,655
Mesquite ISD Dallas 39,806
Midlothian ISD Ellis 7,694
New Home ISD Lynn 301
Pearland ISD Brazoria 19,964
Rapoport Academy Public School Yes McLennan 723
School of Science and Technology Yes Bexar 855
Ser-Ninos Charter School Yes Harris 1,013
Stephen F Austin State University Yes Nacogdoches 246
Sweeny ISD Brazoria 1,886
Tomball ISD Harris 12,444
Treetops School International Yes Tarrant 342
Valley View ISD Cooke 740
Vanguard Academy Yes Hildalgo 2,112
Westphalia ISD Falls 158
Wildorado ISD Oldham 96
Winnsboro ISD Wood 1,497
Woden ISD Nacogdoches 778

Five-Star Campuses
December 2015

There were 274 five-star charter and public school campuses in 2016. Another 488 campuses earned four-and-a-half stars.

You can use the Apples2Apples comparison tool to list them all.

Fiscal Peers

Texas school districts function in widely varying cost environments. Making direct financial comparisons among them would not be fair or appropriate. Instead, this study evaluates each district and campus against those identified as “fiscal peers”, districts and campuses that operate in a similar cost environment, are of similar size and serve similar students. Many factors influence the costs that a district faces:

  • Cost of Living (Comparable Wage Index)
  • School District Size
  • Student Demographics