Teague ISD rated Academically Acceptable by state's (FAST) program
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs has updated the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) with new ratings measuring academic progress and cost-effective operations in school districts and charter schools across Texas. The ratings are updated annually using the most recent data from the Texas Education Agency.
The 2012 FAST ratings are assigned to 1,136 school districts and charter schools. Based on the FAST formula, school districts and campuses receive ratings from one to five stars, given 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.
Forty-five districts received the highest rating of five stars. FAST information for all Texas public school districts, campuses and charter schools is available at http://www.FASTEXAS.org.
Each district and campus is assigned a FAST Rating from one to five stars (with five being the highest), indicating its success in combining cost effective spending with the achievement of measurable student academic progress.
The Teague Independent School District Campus ratings are as follows: Teague Elementary School received the academic rating of Recognized with a low rating in the Spending Index. Teague Intermediate School, Junior High School and High School all received a rating of Academically Acceptable with the Intermediate School receiving an average rating on the Spending Index giving the school a two star rating. The Junior High had an average rating on the Spending Index also giving them a two star rating. The High School received a very high rating on the Spending Index giving them a one star rating.
The Fairfield Independent School District ratings are as follows: Fairfield Elementary School received a Recognized rating academically and a high rating on the Spending Index. The Intermediate School also received a Recognized rating on the academic rating and no rating on the Spending Index. The Junior High received a rating of Academically Acceptable with an average rating on the Spending Index for a three star rating. The High School received a Recognized rating in academics and an average on the Spending Index for a four star rating.
The Wortham School District ratings are as follows: Wortham Elementary School received a Recognized in academics with an average rating in Spending Index giving them two stars. Wortham Middle School received an Academically Acceptable rating and an average in Spending Index for a three star rating. Wortham High School received an academic rating of Academically Acceptable and an average rating in the Spending Index for a rating of three stars.
Dew Independent School District ratings are as follows: Dew School received an Exemplary rating in Academics and a very high on the Spending Index giving them a two star rating.
Mexia Independent School District ratings are as follows: A.B. McBay Elementary School received an academic rating of Academically Unacceptable with a very low rating in the Spending Index. The R.Q. Sims Intermediate School received an Academically Unacceptable rating with a high rating on the Spending Index giving them one and a half stars. Mexia Junior High School received an Academically Acceptable academic rating and an average rating on the Spending Index giving them a three star rating. Mexia High School received an Academically Acceptable with an Average rating on the Spending Index giving them a two and a half star rating.
?This is the second annual update to our groundbreaking FAST study released in 2010,? Comptroller Combs said. ?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.?
The new additions to the FAST website include 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.
The website also offers examples of ?Smart Practices? used by Texas school districts to achieve greater efficiency and enhance student performance. Smart Practices can be emulated by other districts and are intended to spark new solutions to the cost of delivering a quality education.
The 2009 Texas Legislature mandated that the Comptroller create a method to fairly 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 regional wages, district size and student characteristics.