FAST Results 2012
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The Comptroller’s Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) examines both academic progress and spending at Texas’ school districts and individual school campuses.
Each district and campus is assigned a FAST rating of one to five stars, indicating its success in combining cost-effective spending with the achievement of measurable student academic progress. Five stars reflects the strongest relative progress combined with the lowest relative spending.
Five-Star Districts – September 2012
FAST identifies districts that have improved student achievement while keeping expenditures relatively low.
The five-star districts for 2012 are:
|Accelerated Intermediate Academy †||Irving ISD∗∗|
|Allen ISD∗||Keller ISD∗∗|
|Alto ISD||Life School †|
|Aubrey ISD∗∗||Mesquite ISD∗∗|
|AW Brown-Fellowship Leadership Academy †∗||Mumford ISD∗∗|
|Beatrice Mayes Institute Charter School †||North Hills Preparatory School †∗∗|
|Castleberry ISD||Nova Academy †|
|Celina ISD∗||Palmer ISD∗|
|Central ISD||Peak Preparatory School †∗∗|
|China Spring ISD∗||Pearland ISD∗∗|
|Clifton ISD||Pilot Point ISD|
|Conroe ISD∗∗||Ripley House Charter School †∗∗|
|Coppell ISD∗||Salado ISD|
|Crandall ISD∗||Shiner ISD|
|Cypress-Fairbanks ISD∗∗||Silverton ISD|
|Del Valle ISD||Star Charter School †∗∗|
|Fort Bend ISD||Sunnyvale ISD∗|
|Friendswood ISD∗∗||Tomball ISD∗|
|Galena Park ISD∗||Two Dimensions Preparatory Academy †|
|Gholson ISD∗||Woden ISD|
|Golden Rule Charter School †||Wylie ISD∗∗|
|Harleton ISD∗∗||Zoe Learning Academy †∗|
|Houston Gateway Academy Inc †∗|
∗ Five-star district for two consecutive years.
∗∗ Five-star district for three consecutive years.
† Denotes a charter operator. Like independent school districts, some charter operators run only one campus, while others run multiple campuses. All charter operators are considered school districts for the purposes of the FAST analysis.
There were 45 five-star charter and public school districts in Texas 2012. Of the 45 five-star districts, 27 held that rank last year and 15 for three consecutive years.
For more information on any district(s):
- For a detailed profile of a district, use the Run a Report feature. District is automatically selected.
- Run a Report also lets you compare specific districts or find districts that have things in common.
FAST Campus Map
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For more information on any campus(es):
- For a detailed profile of a campus, use the Run a Report feature. Select Campus on the left side of the page.
- Run a Report also lets you compare specific campuses or find campuses that have things in common.
In light of the widely varying cost environments in which school districts function, direct financial comparisons among Texas districts would not be fair or appropriate. Instead, this study evaluates each district and campus against those identified as “fiscal peers,” districts and campuses that operate in a similar cost environment, are of similar size and serve similar students. Many factors influence the costs that a district faces:
- Cost of Living (Comparable Wage Index)
- School District Size
- Student Demographics
You can also download fiscal peers tables in .csv format.