TXSmartSchools Results 2018
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 2018 TXSmartSchools results are based on data from the 2016-2017, 2015-2016, and 2014-2015 school years.
There were 49 five-star charter and public school districts in 2018. Another 90 districts earned four-and-a-half stars. Of the 49 five-star districts, 31 held that rank last year as well, and 19 earned it for all three years.
|2018 Five-Star Districts||Charter||County||Enrolled|
|Accelerated Intermediate Academy||Yes||Harris||283|
|Alief Montessori Community School||Yes||Harris||271|
|Arlington Classics Academy||Yes||Tarrant||1,486|
|Burnham Wood Charter School District||Yes||El Paso||963|
|Calvin Nelms Charter Schools||Yes||Harris||319|
|Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD||Dallas||25,196|
|Chaparral Star Academy||Yes||Travis||378|
|Clear Creek ISD||Galveston||41,679|
|Dripping Springs ISD||Hays||5,982|
|Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts||Yes||Tarrant||569|
|George Gervin Academy||Yes||Bexar||1,355|
|Harmony School Of Science - Houston||Yes||Harris||3,395|
|Harmony Science Academy||Yes||Harris||3,424|
|Houston Gateway Academy Inc||Yes||Harris||2,213|
|Kipp Austin Public Schools Inc||Yes||Travis||4,989|
|Lake Travis ISD||Travis||9,791|
|Lamar CISD||Fort Bend||30,744|
|Meridian World School LLC||Yes||Williamson||1,421|
|Sam Rayburn ISD||Fannin||524|
|Stephen F Austin State University||Yes||Nacogdoches||255|
|Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies||Yes||Jefferson||523|
|The Varnett Public school||Yes||Harris||1,607|
|Ume Preparatory Academy||Yes||Dallas||627|
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 253 five-star charter and public school campuses in 2018. Another 528 campuses earned four-and-a-half stars. Of the 253 five-star campuses, 139 held that rank last year as well, and 86 earned it for all three 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