TXSmartSchools uses academic, financial, and demographic data to identify school districts and campuses that produce high academic achievement while also maintaining cost-effective operations.
We hope that school districts and education policymakers will use this information to identify Texas schools worth emulatingâthose facing similar challenges and spending similar dollars but that are able to achieve great things.
The heart of the TXSmartSchools website is the Apples2Apples data exploration tool that enables you to interact with Texas public school and district data.
Just pick any Texas school or district â or several schools and districts â and Apples2Apples will retrieve the data and suggest fiscal peers for comparison.
Welcome to TXSmartSchools.org, a resource for Texans interested in school effectiveness and efficiency.
Mistaken Identity? Can Demographics Explain the Houston 10âTen Houston ISD schools face serious consequences if they canât turn around a trend of poor performance. The most recent Smart Steps article, âMistaken Identity? Can Demographics Explain the Houston 10,â uses TSS data to show how most of these campuses truly are among the lowest-performing in Texas, but two elementary schools have been unfairly singled out thanks to demographic factors outside of their control.
You can explore the data using our enhanced 8302000977 comparison tool. See how districts and campuses compare to their similarly situated peers. Or, customize your searches to see the groups you want.
4106356407âDr. Lori Taylor, Principal Investigator for the Texas Smart Schools Initiative, was invited to provide testimony to the Texas Commission on Public School Finance at their February 8, 2018, meeting. You can see her presentation on school finance incentives by going to 7202012653 and clicking on Agenda Video Clips, Item 5A.
Texas Smart Schools to Present at National Education ConferenceâThe Texas Smart Schools Initiative has been recognized for its work on school fiscal responsibility with an invitation to Dr. Lori Taylor, Principal Investigator for the project, to present at the 2017 National Summit on Education Reform in Nashville, TN.