The Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) was released this week, assigning every school district in the state a rating from one to five stars — indicating success in combining cost-effective spending with achievement of measurable student academic progress. 4.5 stars is one-half star from the state’s strongest relative academic progress combined with the lowest relative spending.
S-TISD was one of two 4.5-star districts in this region of the state to retain its designation for the second consecutive year, the only other being Gregory-Portland ISD. Additionally, the comptroller’s office ranked S-TISD in the 97th percentile of composite progress, which — combined with a spending index of “Very Low” — amounted to the 4.5-star rating.
Combs’ report was in response to the 81st Texas Legislature’s commission in House Bill 3 to “develop a method to compare school districts on a level playing field.”
“This second straight 4.5-star rating is not only a testament to the district’s prudent practices for spending money but also to the fine job that our teachers and administrators do in providing students the instruction needed to be successful in the classroom,” said Dr. Brett Belmarez, superintendent of schools. “I am proud of this continued recognition from the Texas comptroller, which was earned despite S-T having one of the lowest levels of revenue in this region and in the state.”
For more information on the FAST rating, visit www.fastexas.org.