New information from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) shows that the number of "worst schools in Texas" has increased significantly since last year. Recently, TEA released its latest Public Education Grant list, reporting that 1,532 schools are underperforming.
That figure has grown by more than 300 since 2014 when the total was 1,199 schools. The year before, there were only 892 schools on the list.
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 91 schools from Dallas ISD on the list, including more than 50 elementary schools. Fort Worth ISD follows with 51 schools.
Other Dallas-area districts on the list include Irving ISD (17 schools), Arlington ISD (12 schools), Grand Prairie ISD (11 schools), Lewisville ISD (seven schools), Richardson ISD (five schools), Garland ISD (five schools), Mesquite ISD (three schools), Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD (two schools), Denton ISD (two schools), and McKinney ISD (one school).