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How Schools Are Rated: Finding the Best Schools

How Schools Are Rated: Finding the Best Schools

When looking for a home, buyers who are new to Texas would probably start their search by focusing more on the kind of neighborhood they want to live in. From the climate to the proximity of shopping and lifestyle centers, the best features could help you in your search for the best property deal in the community.

And when it comes to finding the best neighborhood for your kids to live in, you might want to get a good list of the schools that are ideal for their growth and development.

The Ranking Process

So, how do you know which schools are the state’s cream of the crop?

Creating such a list has been the job of U.S. News, which has been instrumental in determining the country’s best schools. It does so using a refined method that starts with gathering data from third party sources such as the Department of Education and the College Board. The outlet also uses data from national and local assessment tests and state education agencies.

In ranking the schools, U.S. News relies on six success indicators, namely:

  • College readiness  (30%)

Measured by the proportion of 12th graders who are able to pass the AP/IB exams

  • College curriculum breadth (10%)

Take from the percentage of 12th grades who passed multiple AP/IB exams

  • Math and Reading proficiency (20%)

Measures the performance of students in standardized tests for math and reading

  • Math and Reading performance (20%)

Compares the total assessment scores relative to expectations set by U.S. News

  • Underserved student performance (10%)

Measures learning outcomes for African-American, Hispanic, low-income, and other underserved demographic groups.

  • Graduation rate (10%)

Measures the percentage of students who are able to graduate within a certain period

Where does Texas fit in?

Texas has plenty of schools that are able to compete nationally, which makes the state a sought-after location for parents who want the best for their children.

Let’s take a look at the top High Schools in Texas you should consider for your kids.

1. Carnegie Vanguard High School

(#24 nationally)

Located along 1501 Taft, Houston, this school is one of many institutions in Texas that could surpass local and national assessment averages, with a strong focus on exposing students to community service as a requirement.

2. Meridian School

(#249 nationally)

If you’re moving to the Metro-Austin area, then this Round Rock-based school has to be a good place to earn an International Baccalaureate degree.

3. The School for the Talented and Gifted (TAG)

(#16 nationally)

With an almost perfect scorecard, it’s no wonder that the School for the Talented and Gifted along 1201 E Eighth St., Dallas is one of the most elite schools in Texas and the entire country with over 30 AP courses.

4. Westlake Academy

(#116 nationally)

Also having an almost perfect scorecard with a 99% graduation rate,  this school offers International Baccalaureate programs along with extracurricular activities across sports and the liberal arts.

5. School of Science and Engineering

(#12 nationally)

Also located along the same street as TAG, this Magnet school has the reputation of being the best school in the entire state, with perfect scores in reading proficiency, graduation rate,  and performance in state assessments.

Looking to find the best school for your child? We’ll help you settle down in communities where quality education is just a few blocks away!



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