The Superior rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of George West and Three Rivers ISD’s financial management and reporting system.
This is the seventh year of Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.
“We are proud to have received the top rating once again this year for George West ISD” said George West ISD Superintendent Ty Sparks. “We will continue to be diligent with our resources and always strive to provide the best education possible for our students.”
“We are very pleased with Three River’s ISD’s Schools FIRST rating,” said Three River’s ISD Superintendent Mac Johanson. “It shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars. This rating shows that Three Rivers schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently,” Johanson continued.
The Schools FIRST accountability rating system assigns one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “Superior Achievement,” followed by “Above-Standard Achievement,” “Standard Achievement” and “Substandard Achievement.” Districts with serious data quality problems may receive the additional rating of “Suspended-Data Quality.” Districts that receive the “Substandard Achievement” or “Suspended-Data Quality” ratings under Schools FIRST must file a corrective action plan with the Texas Education Agency.