FAST Results 2013

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.

Explore the methodology and calculations used to produce the FAST ratings.

Five-Star Districts
December 2013

FAST identifies districts that have improved student achievement while keeping expenditures relatively low.

There are 55 five-star charter and public school districts in 2013. Of the 55 five-star districts, 25 held that rank last year, 17 for three consecutive years, and 11 for four consecutive years.

The five-star districts for 2013 are:

  • Accelerated Intermediate Academy (C) **
  • Aledo ISD
  • Allen ISD ***
  • Avalon ISD
  • AW Brown-Fellowship Leadership Academy (C) ***
  • Brazos ISD
  • Celeste ISD
  • Como-Pickton CISD
  • Conroe ISD ****
  • Coppell ISD ***
  • Cypress-Fairbanks ISD ****
  • Dripping Springs ISD **
  • Falls City ISD
  • Fort Bend ISD
  • Fort Worth Academy Of Fine Arts (C)
  • Friendswood ISD ****
  • Frisco ISD **
  • Galena Park ISD ***
  • Golden Rule Charter School (C) **
  • Harleton ISD ****
  • Harmony School Of Science (Houston) (C)
  • Houston Gateway Academy Inc (C) ***
  • Industrial ISD
  • Katy ISD ***
  • Keller ISD ****
  • Klein ISD
  • Lake Dallas ISD **
  • Life School (C) **
  • Lovejoy ISD
  • Melissa ISD
  • Midlothian ISD **
  • Montgomery ISD
  • Moulton ISD
  • Navarro ISD
  • Needville ISD **
  • New Braunfels ISD
  • North Hills Preparatory School (C) ****
  • Pearland ISD ****
  • Pilot Point ISD ***
  • Ripley House Charter School (C) ****
  • Salado ISD **
  • Shiner ISD **
  • Star Charter School (C) ****
  • Stephen F Austin State University Charter School (C)
  • Sunnyvale ISD ****
  • Turkey-Quitaque ISD
  • Vanguard Academy (C) ***
  • Waller ISD
  • Weimar ISD
  • White Oak ISD
  • Whitehouse ISD
  • Winnsboro ISD
  • Woden ISD **
  • Wylie ISD ****
  • Zoe Learning Academy (C) ***

(C) 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.
**** Five-Star District for four consecutive years.
*** Five-Star District for three years.
** Five-Star District for two years.

Fiscal Peers

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

Read more about fiscal peers for 2013. (PDF, 747K)

Explore 2013 Fiscal Peers

You can also download fiscal peers tables in .csv format.

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