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December 9, 2010

School District Financial Efficiency: Houston School District gets average score

Ericka Mellon:

The Houston Independent School District is making above-average gains in student performance but isn't spending its money as efficiently as other districts, according to a new study released today by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

The first-of-its-kind analysis, ordered by the Texas Legislature, rates the financial efficiency compared with students' academic progress for every district and school. Those boasting gains in student test scores and spending little money per pupil get the highest marks (5 stars in the rating system).

Houston ISD, the state's largest district, earned three stars. Dallas ISD, the second-largest district and the most comparable to Houston's, received two stars.

Statewide, 43 districts and charter school operators earned five stars. The list included Angleton, Clear Creek, Conroe, Cypress-Fairbanks, Friendswood, Katy and Pearland.

Financial Allocation Study for Texas
The Comptroller's office is leading the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) to examine how our school districts and campuses spend their money - and how this spending translates into student achievement. Our study is intended to identify cost-effective practices that promote academic progress.

In addition to presenting the FAST study findings, this website also allows you to run your own custom reports on school district finances and results. We hope that policymakers and the public alike will use this resource to see how our education dollars are working to prepare the next generation.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at December 9, 2010 5:34 AM
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