LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Texas Comptroller's Office has released results from a statewide examination of how school districts and individual campuses perform academically, in relation to spending costs. This means, the Texas Comptroller has rated local school districts on how they effectively they spend your tax dollars.
It is called the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) connecting school spending with student progress. Page after page of the report are explanations and recommendations. The FAST report compares a school district's academic process with how much it spends per student. Nancy Sharp with LISD spoke to KCBD NewsChannel 11 about the district's 2.5 star-rating, and the more than $8,000 the district spends per student. "I think we were about the norm in our score, so we're going to strive for that 5 star rating but I think initially, it is by far the minority, that we're able to attain that."
A 5-star rating means high academic progress and very low spending. A 1-star rating means low progress and high spending.
Lubbock Cooper ISD was recognized for their academic progress, scoring 3.5 stars. "We are in the higher percentile for academic achievement," said Pat Henderson, LCISD Superintendent. "We have 93; which looking at other parts of the state that's one of the highest." However, their spending, like LISD's, was rated high. Henderson says there are some things not worth cutting costs for. "We could have 40 students in a class with one teacher, and we could save thousands of dollars, but that's not a smart practice."
Frenship ISD was rated 3-stars, with a high rating of $7,643 per student. Superintendent Andy Penny released this statement:
Although the data from 2006-2009 used in the FAST Report does not reflect our current efforts, we are proud of those efforts and continue to look at ways to be more financially efficient.
Nancy Sharp says the FAST scores in the report may not reflect corrections already made. "It is dated information. Many of the things we may have been graded on have changed in the two years since the information was gathered."
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