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South Texas ISD Ranked Tops In State

South Texas ISD is ranked as the top public school district in Texas and sixth in the nation, according to a website that relies on U. S. Department of Education data.

Niche.com released its 2018 public school district rankings last month. The recently released list put the South Texas Independent School District (STISD) as the number one public school district in Texas.

At the district level, STISD was ranked 6th out of 10,574 in the nation in the Best School Districts in America, and it received an A+ overall Niche grade. The district also ranked 1st out of 981 in the 2018 Best Places to Teach in Texas and 1st out of 984 in the 2018 Districts with the Best Teachers in Texas.

The website provides detailed analysis for each district. In Hidalgo County, the website provided rankings for 17 school districts. Charter schools are ranked separately from school districts. As the graph indicates, the districts received overall letter grades and then letter grades in several areas.

Also, for the fourth year in a row, all five of the STISD established campuses were ranked among the best in the state and nation in the 2018 Niche K-12 Schools lists, which grade and rank schools and districts based upon criteria ranging from academics to culture and teachers.

This year, South Texas Preparatory Academy (STPA) in Edinburg ranked 7th in the state out of 1,986, and 41st in the nation out of 23,000 in the Best Public Middle Schools list, and the campus received an A+ overall Niche grade.

All four STISD high schools ranked among the top in the state and nation in the 2018 Best Public High Schools lists. The Science Academy of South Texas (Science Academy) in Mercedes ranked 9th in the state (out of 1,523) and 121st in the nation (out of 17,867) and received an A+ overall grade. South Texas High School for Health Professions (Med High) in Mercedes ranked 49th in the state and received an A+, while South Texas Academy for Medical Professions (Medical Academy) in Olmito ranked 103rd in the state and received an A, and South Texas Business, Education & Technology Academy (BETA) in Edinburg ranked 109th and received an A.

The individual rankings are based on academics, teacher quality, college preparation, culture and diversity, parent/student surveys on overall experience, health & safety, resources & facilities, clubs & activities, and sports. Academics account for 50% of the rankings while teacher quality accounts for 15%. Parent/student surveys account for 10% of the weight.

Niche.com said it put out its 2018 rankings based on student life data from the U.S Department of Education, along with test scores, college data and ratings collected from Niche users. The website also provided rankings for other school districts in South Texas.

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