About the Project

About Texas School Guide

Produced by CHILDREN AT RISK in partnership with the Rainwater Charitable Foundation, TexasSchoolGuide.org provides parents with the information they need to navigate today’s complex public education system. Serving parents across the state, TexasSchoolGuide.org helps parents understand how their local schools are performing, what their school choice options are, and how to support their child’s education from cradle to career. This information empowers parents to make informed decisions about their child’s education and advocate for change when needed.


CHILDREN AT RISK aims to help parents, educators and community members understand how their schools are performing and spark dialogue on the quality of public education in Texas. For the past 13 years, CHILDREN AT RISK has shared its annual school rankings with the public. School rankings are calculated using the following measures:
  • Student Achievement Index – Student performance on STAAR Reading and Math tests
  • Campus Performance Index – A school’s overall campus performance is compared to other campuses statewide with similar levels of poverty. This adjustment is made to eliminate bias toward campuses with low percentages of economically disadvantaged students.
  • Growth Index – Student-level improvement over time on standardized test scores in Reading, English, and Math.
  • College Readiness Index – High school graduation rates, SAT/ACT participation rate and scores, and AP/IB participation rate and scores (high schools only).

Click here to learn more about our 2019 CHILDREN AT RISK Annual School Rankings & Methodology.

Gold Ribbon Schools  

High-poverty schools that are high-performing deserve special recognition. CHILDREN AT RISK identifies these schools as Gold Ribbon Schools. These campuses are supporting some of our most at-risk children and helping them achieve academic success.
High-poverty schools are considered campuses that serve more than 75% economically disadvantaged students. High-performing campuses are those that receive an A or a B in the CHILDREN AT RISK rankings. Magnet and charter schools are not included in our Gold Ribbon considerations.


Parent Action Guides

Empowering parents involves more than just understanding school performance. Our Parent Action Guides help parents bridge the gap between having the information and taking action. Each of our guides examines a different area of educational development, combining general information with helpful tips and specific actions parents can take to support their child’s academic success.
Beyond our online Parent Action Guides, CHILDREN AT RISK produces printed city-specific guides for the cities of Fort Worth, Dallas, and Houston, Texas. These printed guides are made available to local parenting and education organizations and include additional city specific resources. They are also available for download below:


Parent Workshops

CHILDREN AT RISK hosts parent and community workshops on how to best use our Texas School Guide resources. If you would like to request a workshop in your community, please email TexasSchoolGuide@childrenatrisk.org.

About Children At Risk

CHILDREN AT RISK is a nonprofit organization that drives change for children through research, education, and influencing public policy. CHILDREN AT RISK conducts research to understand trends, inequities, resources, and opportunities in public education. To address challenges and maximize opportunities, we use that research to advocate for policy change at the local, state, and federal level.
To learn more about CHILDREN AT RISK and our work, visit childrenatrisk.org or contact one of our offices below.


2900 Live Oak St.
Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: 214-599-0072
2900 Weslayan Suite 400
Houston, TX 77027
Phone: 713-869-7740


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