This spring, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) reviewed 8,032 public and public-charter schools across Texas. C@R calculates school rankings and assigns A-F grades in order to analyze the current quality of public education in Texas, identify trends, and spotlight schools, districts, and regions going above and beyond expectations. Below are the key findings from our 2019 statewide analysis. To view our full analysis CLICK HERE.
Over half of Texas public school students live in economically disadvantaged circumstances and nearly 1-in-5 are English Language Learners.
Overall, there are more A and B schools statewide than D or F schools, but there is still room for significant improvement. The proportion of elementary schools receiving A’s and B’s has steadily increased in recent years, while D’s and F’s have gone down. High schools saw a dramatic increase in A and B schools this year, a steady upward growth paid off. Middle Schools have seen similar trends since 2016.
Though many charter schools and Magnet programs are successful, more than 1-in-3 charters serving predominantly low-income students are low-performing, and only 1-in-3 magnets serving predominantly low-income students are high-performing.
The proportion of eligible schools achieving Gold Ribbon distinction has increased in recent years, but Texas still has a long way to go to ensure all students receive a quality education. Gold Ribbon Schools have 75% or more of their student body living in economically disadvantaged circumstances and receive an A or B in C@R’s rankings.
Schools in the Rio Grande Valley are the most successful, despite serving a more economically disadvantaged student population.
Some schools across Texas have found success with highly mobile student populations, but, in general, as mobility increases, school grades tend to go down. 75% of schools with low student mobility achieved an A or B grade, compared to only 18% of schools with the highest student mobility rates.
Click the boxes below to view this year’s rankings for all schools in Texas.
TOP PERFORMING TEXAS SCHOOLS
The 2019 top performing schools are listed below. Click on a school name to visit their detailed school profile.
TOP 10 TEXAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
TOP 10 TEXAS MIDDLE SCHOOLS
TOP 10 TEXAS HIGH SCHOOLS