State Comptroller awards Fort Bend ISD highest FAST rating – Five Stars – for academic progress and cost-effective operations
Fort Bend ISD has been recognized as one of 45 school districts in Texas to receive the highest rating of FIVE STARS for the 2012 Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST). Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently announced the new FAST ratings, which measure academic progress and cost-effective operations in 1,136 school districts and charter schools across the state. FAST ratings are updated annually using the most recent data from the Texas Education Agency.
Based on the FAST formula, school districts and campuses receive ratings from one to five stars, in half-star increments. A district that achieves the highest rating of five stars ranks among the top 20 percent of all Texas school districts in academic progress, while keeping expenditures among the lowest 20 percent of fiscally comparable districts. Categories include dropout rates and transportation spending, but some new indicators were added this year, including the following:
- Information on each district’s outstanding debt and annual debt service by total, amount per student and amount per district resident.
- Additional college readiness indicators by school district, including the percentage of students who pass each section of the state’s college readiness standards.
I am so proud that FBISD is in the FAST top-tier of school districts across the state, and I applaud our teachers, staff and administrators for their efforts in making Fort Bend ISD a school system of choice.