Coppell ISD Earns 5 Stars From State
TASA/Austin, TX. - Texas Comptroller Susan Combs released the updated "FAST" report for public schools assigning rankings to 1,237 school districts and charter schools with new data. Coppell ISD earned a perfect score of five stars, among only 46 districts statewide...sixteen other districts in the DFW-Metroplex.
The Financial Allocation Study For Texas or FAST report uses a formula to assign districts and campuses a rating of one to five stars in half-star increments. Districts that rank among the top 20 percent of all Texas school districts in academic progress, while keeping spending among the lowest 20 percent of fiscally comparable districts, earn a five-star rating.
"Today, many Texas school districts face the challenge of educating more students with less funding," Combs said. "FAST is an online tool they can use to compare their performance with similar districts. Users can compare districts using a variety of indicators such as dropout rates, transportation spending, state accountability ratings or math scores."
The 2009 Texas Legislature mandated the Comptroller to create a method to compare the state's diverse school districts. When comparing district and campus spending, the FAST methodology groups districts and campuses into sets of "fiscal peers" that operate in similar cost environments, including factors such as regional wages, district size and student characteristics.
Besides ratings, the FAST website<http://www.FASTEXAS.org/> also at offers examples of "Smart Practices" employed by school districts to achieve greater efficiency and enhance student performance.
"The FAST methodology produces unbiased comparisons that are realistic and useful to educators, parents and taxpayers who want to see how their public schools stack up.” Combs said.