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Dallas-Fort Worth dominates this website’s list of the best school districts in Texas

A new ranking from Niche has these area school districts among the state’s best.

Dallas-Fort Worth area school districts claimed seven of the top 10 spots in a new ranking of the state’s best school districts.

Niche, a website that regularly analyzes and rates schools based on test scores, graduation rates and other data, also included three other North Texas school districts in the statewide top 25 of its 2020-2021 list.

Here are the area school districts Niche listed:

  • No. 2: Southlake Carroll ISD
  • No. 4: Highland Park ISD
  • No. 5: Lovejoy ISD
  • No. 6: Coppell ISD
  • No. 7: Frisco ISD
  • No. 8: Grapevine-Colleyville ISD
  • No. 9: Allen ISD
  • No. 12: Plano ISD
  • No. 13: Argyle ISD
  • No. 14: Prosper ISD
  • No. 18: Sunnyvale ISD
  • No. 25: Wylie ISD

According to Niche, its rankings are determined by academic data — including SAT and ACT scores and state assessments — as well as criteria such as teacher salaries, racial and economic diversity, Niche’s own surveys and a calculation of how much a school district spends per student. Factors including the level of participation in sports and extracurricular clubs are also given weight.

Carroll ISD, for example, was rated highly for its graduation rate, its student-teacher ratio and its finances as well as its athletics: Niche ranked it the best school in the state for athletes.

Its diversity rating from Niche, however, “based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents,” is a B-minus. In recent months, a plan to increase diversity and inclusion has divided the district.

Visit Niche’s website to see the individual ratings for each school district.

Brandi Addison, Special Contributor. Brandi is a freelancer covering all things Frisco and Allen. She graduated from Texas Tech in December 2018, and soon after, began her career as a reporter in West Texas. She recently moved back to D-FW, which she calls home.

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