Once again wanting to take a closer look at the data behind our ranking of the Best Dallas Suburbs, I decided to find out which school districts were making the most efficient use of their funds.
For each school district we came up with an overall education score (ranging from 1 to 5). Factored in were the average SAT score, the percentage of students taking college entrance exams, the TAKS passing percentage, and the total dollars spent per pupil. Â The top education score went to Highland Park and University Park (both part of Highland ISD), with a 4.7. The lowest was Lancaster with a 2.0.
So I divided each district’s dollars spent per pupil by the points scored on our education rating above the minimum to determine dollars spent per pupil per point earned. Â That’s my rough approximation of the districts that spend the least per student to get the most.
Jump for the top 10, with total $ spent, our education score, and the $ per education score above the minimum listed:
|1. Highland Park/University Park||$4,846||4.7||$1,303|
|7. Fairview (Lovejoy/McKinney ISDs)||$4,953||3.9||$1,687|
|8. Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village/The Colony||$4,894||3.8||$1,777|
The suburbs lumped together are part of the same district. Fairview’s data came from the two different districts that serve it.
As for the opposite end of this list, the district that spent the most to get the lowest scores on our scale, that’d be Grand Prairie at the bottom/top, followed by Irving, Lancaster, all the suburbs served by Dallas ISD (Cockrell Hill, Hutchins, Seagoville, Wilmer, Addison), Waxahachie, Balch Springs/Mesquite, DeSoto, Duncanville, and Cedar Hill.