About Tx Smart Schools

Searching for Success

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.

Compare Schools Easily

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.

TXSmartSchools News

Welcome to TXSmartSchools.org, a resource for Texans interested in school effectiveness and efficiency.


The 2019 Smart Scores are here!
Find out which Texas schools and districts stand out as both high performing and low spending. Use our Apples2Apples search tool to see how your selected districts and campuses compare to similarly situated peers. Or, customize your searches to see the groups you want.


The 2018 Smart Scores are here!
You can explore the data using our enhanced Apples2Apples comparison tool. See how districts and campuses compare to their similarly situated peers. Or, customize your searches to see the groups you want.


Texas Smart Schools Included in School Finance Briefing—Dr. Lori Taylor, Principal Investigator for the Texas Smart Schools Initiative, was invited to provide testimony to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance at their February 8, 2018, meeting. You can see her presentation on school finance incentives by going to http://www.adminmonitor.com/tx/tea/public_school_finance/201802081/2/ and clicking on Agenda Video Clips, Item 5A.


Texas Smart Schools to Present at National Education Conference—The Texas Smart Schools Initiative has been recognized for its work on school fiscal responsibility with an invitation to Dr. Lori Taylor, Principal Investigator for the project, to present at the 2017 National Summit on Education Reform in Nashville, TN.


The 2017 Smart Scores are here! See the Five-Star districts and campuses on the Latest Results page and explore the data using the Apples2Apples comparison tool.