CISD Earns 4.5 Stars
Susan Combs, the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, is leading a new study: the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST). This study assesses districts and campuses based on both spending and the academic progress of their students, after adjusting for factors outside a district's control that affect student performance.
Since Texas is a large state with districts and campuses of all different sizes, financial needs and demographics, the FAST report groups districts and campuses into sets of “fiscal peers” that operate in similar cost environments, based on factors that affect the cost of education, such as regional wages, district size and student characteristics.
On the 2010 FAST report, entitled Connecting the Dots: School Spending and Student Progress, Coppell ISD earned four and a half out of five stars. Only 43 of the 1,235 public school districts and charter schools that were analyzed received the highest rating of five stars, and only 86 received four and a half stars. This indicates CISD is ranked in the top 10% in the state with high academic performance and low spending.CISD campuses also received good ratings individually:· 5 Stars: Cottonwood Creek, Denton Creek, and Lakeside Elementary· 4.5 Stars: Austin, Mockingbird, Town Center, and Valley Ranch Elementary· 3.5 Stars: Coppell High School, CMS East, Pinkerton and Wilson Elementary· 3 Stars: CMS North and CMS West
“Our taxpayers are receiving a tremendous educational value as our students continue to achieve excellent academic results at a low cost,” said CISD Chief Financial Officer Kelly Penny. “This data is based on the 2007-08 school year prior to the cuts we have made over the last two years. While it may not be the lowest cost, that is okay because we rate well in other areas by offering competitive teacher pay, giving our students more choices for their education, and remaining on the cutting edge of 21st learning ...all of which comes at a cost.”
Note: Academic Progress, Cost-Adjusted Spending and Spending Index Measures are three-year averages through the 2008-2009 school year. Other financial data is from 2007-2008, and all other data is from 2008-2009.