(September 19, 2012)—The China Spring, Clifton, Gholson and Salado Independent School Districts earned five-star ratings in the state comptroller’s annual Financial Allocation Study for Texas or FAST rankings, which are based on an analysis of academic progress and cost efficiency.
To achieve the ranking, the districts must rank in the top 20 percent of all districts in academic progress and in the lowest 20 percent for expenditures.
In all, just 45 of the state’s 1,136 charter and public school districts earned five-star ratings in the rankings released Wednesday.
Results were mixed for the region’s largest districts, however.
The Belton, Killeen and Copperas Cove ISDs, in which expenditures rank as high, but academic progress tops 70 percent, all earned three-star ratings
The Midway ISD, in which expenditures rank as average and academic progress tops 70 percent, earned three-and-a-half stars.
The Waco ISD, in which expenditures rank as low and academic progress ranks at 14 percent, earned two-and-a-half stars.
And the Temple ISD, in which expenditures rank as high and academic progress ranks at 11 percent, earned one-and-a-half stars.
The FAST website provides tools to compare various districts as well as in-depth district profiles.
“This is the second annual update to our groundbreaking FAST study released in 2010,” Comptroller Susan Combs said Wednesday.
“Educators and the public can use the FAST online tool to compare their districts with similar districts around the state using indicators ranging from dropout rates to transportation spending. This year we included some new items to help give parents and taxpayers further insight.”