How Do Dallas-Area School Districts Stack Up Against the Rest of the World?

In a word: fine. They stack up fine. Yesterday, the George W. Bush Institute released its Global Report Card, which compares math and reading scores internationally. Every school district in the United States is accounted for, then compared to a list of 25 developed countries, mostly in Europe. The scores are from 2009, so recent improvements aren’t taken into account.

Dallas-area districts vary greatly, as is the case with most major metropolitan areas (play around with the New York and Chicago maps to see that statement in action).

After the jump I’ve broken down every Dallas County school district, and select districts from Tarrant, Denton, Collin, and Rockwall counties. The best performing districts are (not surprisingly) Coppell, Highland Park, and Carroll. Lovejoy ISD slides into the top four as well, which is surprising to me because it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of Lovejoy ISD and its 1,300 students.

The worst performing districts: Fort Worth, DeSoto, Dallas. Bringing up the bottom (by a wide margin) is Lancaster ISD.

Jump for 34 districts worth of data goodness:

A few words about the methodology, and the table below. The “xx/yy” numbers are the math score, then the reading score. The number:

indicates the level of math or reading achievement by the average student in a public school district compared to student achievement in a set of 25 developed countries. The score represents the percentage of students in the international group who would have a lower level of achievement. For example, a percentile of 60 means the average student in a school district would perform better than 60% of the students in the international group.

The same methodology applies to the national and state numbers as well. The districts are broken down by county, but since some districts cross into multiple counties, look around for yours.

School District International  National State
Dallas County
Carrollton 51/50 60/51 57/53
Cedar Hill 37/47 47/48 43/50
Coppell 77/79 84/80 81/81
Dallas 31/33 40/34 37/35
Desoto 31/42 40/43 36/45
Duncanville 47/50 56/51 52/53
Ferris 43/46 53/48 49/49
Garland 49/54 59/56 55/57
Grand Prairie 35/40 44/41 41/43
Highland Park 89/91 92/91 91/92
Irving 35/40 44/41 40/43
Lancaster 24/36 31/37 28/29
Mesquite 47/49 56/50 52/52
Richardson 52/46 61/47 57/49
Tarrant County
Arlington 39/45 48/46 44/47
Carroll 84/85 89/86 87/87
Grapevine-Colleyville 67/70 75/71 72/72
Fort Worth 30/37 39/38 36/40
Hurst-Euless-Bedford 54/55 63/56 60/58
Keller 59/64 68/65 64/67
Collin County
Allen 71/76 79/77 76/79
Frisco 70/73 77/74 74/75
McKinney 65/66 74/67 71/68
Plano 66/69 74/70 71/72
Prosper 63/63 71/65 68/66
Lovejoy 82/81 88/82 86/83
Rockwall County
Rockwall 63/68 71/69 68/70
Royse City 42/49 52/51 48/52
Denton County
Argyle 62/75 71/76 67/77
Denton 43/48 52/49 48/51
Lake Dallas 47/48 56/50 53/51
Lewisville 59/60 68/61 64/63
Little Elm 44/53 54/54 50/55