New information from the Texas Education Agency shows that the number of "worst schools in Texas" has decreased since last year. TEA recently released its 2017-18 Public Education Grant list, reporting that 1,379 schools are underperforming.
That figure is an improvement from the previous list, which included 1,532 schools. However, in 2015-16, there were 1,199 campuses on the list; in 2014-15, the total was only 892.
To be included, schools have either received an "Improvement Required" rating from TEA in the past three years or have a 50 percent or lower passing rate for standardized testing in two of the past three years. The list is published in accordance with the Public Education Grant, which allows parents to transfer children out of schools on the list of low performers.
There are 47 schools from Fort Worth ISD on the list (which is less than last year's 51), including more than 25 elementary schools. Dallas ISD follows with 83 schools (down from last year's 91).
Other North Texas districts on the list include Irving ISD (11 schools), Arlington ISD (11 schools), Grand Prairie ISD (10 schools), Lewisville ISD (seven schools), Richardson ISD (five schools), Garland ISD (eight schools), Mesquite ISD (one school), Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (two schools), Denton ISD (two schools), and McKinney ISD (one school).