TXSmartSchools Results 2019
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 2019 TXSmartSchools results are based on data from the 2017-2018, 2016-2017, and 2015-2016 school years.
There were 51 five-star charter and public school districts in 2019. Another 100 districts earned four-and-a-half stars. Of the 51 five-star districts, 27 held that rank last year as well, and 13 earned it in all four years.
|2019 Five-Star Districts||Charter||County||Enrolled|
|Accelerated Intermediate Academy||Yes||Harris||269|
|Arlington Classics Academy||Yes||Tarrant||1,532|
|Burnham Wood Charter School District||Yes||El Paso||830|
|Calvin Nelms Charter Schools||Yes||Harris||311|
|Chaparral Star Academy||Yes||Travis||381|
|Comstock ISD||Val Verde||212|
|Galena Park ISD||Harris||22,565|
|George Gervin Academy||Yes||Bexar||1,357|
|Harmony School Of Excellence||Yes||Harris||4,993|
|Harmony School Of Science - Houston||Yes||Harris||3,432|
|Harmony Science Academy||Yes||Harris||3,434|
|Houston Gateway Academy Inc||Yes||Harris||2,265|
|Imagine International Academy of North Texas||Yes||Collin||1,341|
|Kipp Inc Charter||Yes||Harris||14,397|
|La Gloria ISD||Jim Wells||130|
|Lake Travis ISD||Travis||10,382|
|Meridian World School LLC||Yes||Williamson||1,594|
|New Home ISD||Lynn||446|
|Santa Gertrudis ISD||Kleberg||753|
|Ser-Ninos Charter School||Yes||Harris||1,107|
|Stephen F Austin State University||Yes||Nacogdoches||255|
|Treetops School International||Yes||Tarrant||381|
|Trinity Basin Preparatory||Yes||Dallas||3,151|
|Ume Preparatory Academy||Yes||Dallas||790|
|Van Alstyne ISD||Grayson||1,598|
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.
There were 258 five-star charter and public school campuses in 2019. Another 585 campuses earned four-and-a-half stars. Of the 258 five-star campuses, 127 held that rank last year as well, and 53 earned it in all four years.
You can use the Apples2Apples comparison tool to list them all.
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