TXSmartSchools Results 2017

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 2017 TXSmartSchools results are based on data from the 2015-2016, 2014-2015, and 2013-2014 school years.

Five-Star Districts
May 2017

There were 46 five-star charter and public school districts in 2017. Another 87 districts earned four-and-a-half stars. Of the 46 five-star districts, 22 held that rank last year as well, and 16 earned it for all three years.

2017 Five-Star Districts Charter County Enrolled
Accelerated Intermediate Academy Yes Harris 281
Alief Montessori Community School Yes Harris 294
Allen ISD Collin 20,739
Aquilla ISD Hill 263
Arlington Classics Academy Yes Tarrant 1,442
Aubrey ISD Denton 2,315
Avalon ISD Ellis 379
Brock ISD Parker 1,295
Burnham Wood Charter School District Yes El Paso 1,031
Chaparral Star Academy Yes Travis 357
Conroe ISD Montgomery 58,014
Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Harris 113,656
Everman ISD Tarrant 5,609
Forney ISD Kaufman 9,364
Fort Bend ISD Fort Bend 72,910
Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts Yes Tarrant 516
Friendswood ISD Galveston 6,116
Frisco ISD Collin 53,130
George Gervin Academy Yes Bexar 1,304
Harmony School Of Science - Houston Yes Harris 3,074
Harmony Science Academy Yes Harris 3,516
Houston Gateway Academy Inc Yes Harris 2,062
Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD Tarrant 22,780
Imagine International Academy of N Yes Collin 1,192
Keller ISD Tarrant 34,099
Klein ISD Harris 50,394
Knippa ISD Uvalde 421
Malone ISD Hill 113
Meridian World School LLC Yes Williamson 1,249
Mumford ISD Robertson 612
New Home ISD Lynn 372
Nyos Charter School Yes Travis 926
Pearland ISD Brazoria 21,030
Richardson ISD Dallas 38,671
Rockwall ISD Rockwall 15,344
Sam Rayburn ISD Fannin 489
San Saba ISD San Saba 732
Skidmore-Tynan ISD Bee 840
Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies Yes Jefferson 492
Two Dimensions Preparatory Academy Yes Harris 486
Ume Preparatory Academy Yes Dallas 429
Uplift Education Yes Dallas 13,959
Vanguard Academy Yes Hildalgo 2,397
Winnsboro ISD Wood 1,485
Wylie ISD Collin 14,562
Wylie ISD Taylor 4,071

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 2017

There were 244 five-star charter and public school campuses in 2017. Another 548 campuses earned four-and-a-half stars. Of the 244 five-star campuses, 128 held that rank last year as well, and 95 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