The Texas Comptroller on Wednesday afternoon released the FAST ratings for Texas school district. FAST is an acronym meaning Financial Allocation Study for Texas. It is meant to be a cost-effectiveness rating for schools as it looks at both spending and academic results.
It's a five star rating system but only 45 districts statewide achieved a perfect 5.0 rating. None of them are in Lubbock or the immediate vicinity. The closest is Silverton ISD northeast of Lubbock.
In Lubbock County the best rated school is Shallowater ISD at 4.0 stars. If charter schools are included then Rise Academy is the best with 4.5 stars. The lowest are Lubbock ISD and Slaton ISD both at 1.5 stars.
Lubbock ISD has five elementary schools that perform well in the FAST report. They are Centennial Elementary 4.5 stars, Honey Elementary 4.0 stars, Murfee Elementary 4.5 stars, Roberts Elementary 4.0 stars, Williams Elementary 4.0 stars. No Lubbock ISD middle schools or high schools had 4 stars. Lubbock High was the closest with 3.0 stars.
LISD Superintendent Karen Garza released a written statement. "We want to learn from every measure available to us; however, like many school districts across the state, we question some of the methodologies used in this report."
Garza also said, "Our parents are the best measure of our performance and with our enrollment growing for the fourth straight year, almost 500 students already this year, we believe parents are pleased with the work we are doing in our schools."
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