For the past nineteen years, CHILDREN AT RISK (C@R) has ranked and graded Texas public schools to help parents, educators, and community members better understand how their local schools are performing. By providing this information to parents and educators, C@R hopes to encourage greater accountability and transparency in the education system. These grades are intended to be a starting point for discussions on improving our schools and providing better educational opportunities for all students.

 

What’s in this year’s rankings?

The grading system that C@R uses to rank Texas public schools is based on several factors, including student achievement, progress, and performance gaps. C@R ranks elementary and middle schools across three different domains and high schools across four domains. For elementary and middle schools, grades are based on student achievement, student growth, and relative performance (test scores relative to schools with similar levels of poverty). High schools are graded on an additional metric of college readiness that takes into account graduation rates, AP/IB and SAT/ACT scores and participation.

This iteration of CHILDREN AT RISK’s Annual School Rankings includes the following: 

  • Student Achievement 
    • How students do on state standardized tests (STAAR) 
  • Campus Performance 
    • How a school compares in test scores to schools with similar levels of poverty 
  • Student Growth 
    • How students improve on their STAAR tests in a school year 
  • College Readiness – High schools only. 
    • How many high school students are graduating on time and participating in other college readiness activities. 

The Gold Ribbon sub-lists highlight high-performing, high poverty schools that are traditional neighborhood campuses; magnet schools and charter schools are not included in the Gold Ribbon sub-lists. High poverty schools are identified as campuses that are more than 75% economically disadvantaged. Those campuses that receive an A or a B in the CHILDREN AT RISK rankings are considered high performing, high poverty. 

Click the buttons below to view this year’s lists. To learn more about these new indicators and how this year’s rankings were calculated, read our full methodology report provided below.  

Regional Insights

Houston Area

1,311 public schools were evaluated in the Greater Houston Area, including 786 elementary schools and 326 middle schools ranked across three main areas, and 199 high schools ranked.

Houston Area Elementary Schools

Houston Area Middle Schools

 Houston Area High Schools

North Texas

The 2022-2023 school year analysis covers 1,673 public schools in North Texas, including 1,022 elementary schools and 413 middle schools ranked across three main areas, and 238 high schools ranked across four main areas.

North Texas Elementary Schools

North Texas Middle Schools

North Texas High Schools

West Texas

The 2022-2023 school year analysis covers 218 public schools in West Texas, including 127 elementary schools and 55 middle schools ranked across three main areas, and 36 high schools ranked across four main areas.

 West Texas Elementary Schools

West Texas Middle Schools

West Texas High Schools

Rio Grande Valley

The 2022-2023 school year analysis covers public schools in the Rio Grande Valley including 284 elementary schools and 120 middle schools ranked across three main areas, and 77 high schools ranked across four main areas.

Rio Grande Valley Elementary Schools

Rio Grande Valley Middle Schools

Rio Grande Valley High Schools

Central Texas

The 2022-2023 school year analysis covers 484 public schools in Central Texas, including 283 elementary schools and 135 middle schools ranked across three main areas, and 66 high schools ranked across four main areas.

Central Texas Elementary Schools

Central Texas Middle Schools

Central Texas High Schools

San Antonio

The 2022-2023 school year analysis covers 582 public schools in the Greater San Antonio Region, including 349 elementary schools and 157 middle schools ranked across three main areas, and 76 high schools ranked across four main areas.

San Antonio Area Elementary Schools

San Antonio Area Middle Schools

 San Antonio Area High Schools

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