Texas reveals the top-performing Oak Cliff schools (and the list may surprise you)

A magnet middle school, an early college high school and a non-magnet high school in Oak Cliff are among the “most distinct” in the state, according to the Texas Education Agency (TEA), which unveiled its 2016 accountability reports last week.

TEA rates public schools across the state according to how their students’ perform on state-mandated tests, better known as STAAR exams. The state not only decrees whether a school “met standard” but also whether it earned any distinctions in several categories. The three Oak Cliff schools are among only 17 DISD schools that earned all eligible distinctions.

A few neighborhood highlights from this year’s results:

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Greiner, a hybrid middle school and magnet arts academy, earned the highest possible number of distinctions for the fourth consecutive year. Our neighborhood’s other two specialized middle schools — Harry Stone Academy, the middle school counterpart to magnet Harry Stone Montessori; and Rosemont Preparatory, the middle school for Rosemont Elementary dual language grads — also have performed well historically. Harry Stone earned six of seven distinctions this year; and Rosemont earned all eligible distinctions last year. (That applies only to the middle schools, however; the elementaries didn’t perform nearly as well.)

• Two area high schools — Trinidad Garza Early College and Molina — also achieved the highest number of distinctions. Garza has a track record of performing at the highest level, but for Molina this is a first — the culmination of what looks to be steady progress for the last four years. Molina is also one of only eight non-magnet DISD schools to achieve this status and one of only two non-magnet high schools; East Dallas’ Woodrow Wilson High School was the other. Sunset High School was another high performer, earning six of seven distinctions and another example of steady growth. Perhaps new principal Claudia Vega can keep the momentum going.

• None of our neighborhood elementary schools earned full distinctions, either this year or in prior years, but Botello, Bowie and Kahn elementaries all came very close this year.

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See how your school stacks up and read more about the state’s evaluation measures below:

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