State Comptroller’s office gives CFISD 5 stars for second year
Sept. 19, 2011— Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is one of only 46 recipients—among 1,237 public school districts and charter schools statewide—of a five-star rating by the office of Susan Combs, Texas Comptroller, for academic and financial performance.
The Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) was released last 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 measureable student academic progress. Five stars reflects the strongest relative academic progress combined with the lowest relative spending.
CFISD was one of 23 five-star districts to retain its designation for the second consecutive year. The Comptroller’s office ranked CFISD in the 91st percentile of composite progress, which—combined with a spending index of “Very Low”—amounted to the five-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.”
“Receiving a five-star rating for two consecutive years from the Texas Comptroller, Susan Combs, is quite an achievement,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “When factoring in the increased rigor of the state assessment and CFISD’s lowest per-student operating cost in the area, you have an outstanding school district by any standard.”
For more information on the FAST rating, please visit www.fastexas.org.