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.

Five-Star Districts
May 2018

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
Allen ISD Collin 20,852
Arlington Classics Academy Yes Tarrant 1,486
Brock ISD Parker 1,333
Burnham Wood Charter School District Yes El Paso 963
Callisburg ISD Cooke 1,144
Calvin Nelms Charter Schools Yes Harris 319
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Dallas 25,196
Chaparral Star Academy Yes Travis 378
Cityscape Schools Yes Dallas 620
Clear Creek ISD Galveston 41,679
Conroe ISD Montgomery 59,489
Coppell ISD Dallas 12,349
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Harris 114,633
Dripping Springs ISD Hays 5,982
Everman ISD Tarrant 5,874
Forney ISD Kaufman 9,681
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Yes Tarrant 569
Friendswood ISD Galveston 6,065
Frisco ISD Collin 55,745
George Gervin Academy Yes Bexar 1,355
Hardin-Jefferson ISD Hardin 2,247
Harmony School Of Science - Houston Yes Harris 3,395
Harmony Science Academy Yes Harris 3,424
Houston Gateway Academy Inc Yes Harris 2,213
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Tarrant 23,065
Kipp Austin Public Schools Inc Yes Travis 4,989
Klein ISD Harris 51,650
Lake Travis ISD Travis 9,791
Lamar CISD Fort Bend 30,744
Lindsay ISD Cooke 489
Malone ISD Hill 138
Meridian World School LLC Yes Williamson 1,421
Mumford ISD Robertson 627
Pearland ISD Brazoria 21,516
Prosper ISD Collin 9,970
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
Tomball ISD Harris 14,882
Ume Preparatory Academy Yes Dallas 627
Universal Academy Yes Dallas 2,083
Uplift Education Yes Dallas 15,768
Vanguard Academy Yes Hildalgo 2,883
Weimar ISD Colorado 642
Winnsboro ISD Wood 1,489
Wylie ISD Taylor 4,244

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 2018

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.

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