In 2014, the Texas Education Agency gave 109 schools in the Arlington Independent School District a "Met Standard" rating, a number that increased to 111 in 2015. The "Met Standard" rating is the the agency's highest mark and is determined based on student achievement and progress, as well as the school's ability to close performance gaps and to promote post-secondary readiness. The four levels that the TEA assigns are "Met Standard," "Met Alternative Standard," "Not Rated" and "Improvement Required."
The school district is the 11th-largest in Texas, and sees more than 64,000 students enroll annually. In addition to the overall TEA ratings, schools are also eligible to earn distinction in seven different categories.
Bailey Junior High School and Gunn Junior High School achieved all seven of the special distinctions possible in the Arlington Independent School District in 2015. Eastside Memorial High School, LBJ Early College High School, Travis High School and Ridgetop Elementary School achieved the Met Standard rating, up from the Improvement Required designation in 2014. Other schools of note, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy and Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy, earned the Met Standard rating during their first year of operation.
To receive the top rating, schools must meet standards in three of four indexes. The Arlington Independent School District scored above the standards across the board, rating 19 points above for student achievement and student progress, 11 points higher for closing performance gaps, and 21 points better for post-secondary readiness.