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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:18am

El Paso area school districts received ratings from the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) to reflect both academic progress and spending at their school districts and campuses.  

The FAST rating scales 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 academic progress combined  with the lowest relative spending.  

Fifty-five state school districts were identified as earning the highest rating, including Dripping Springs, Katy ISD and New Braunfels ISD. That number is up from 45 in 2012. No El Paso area school districts received the five-star rating.

The new website,, allows Texans to compare school districts and campuses statewide on key academic and financial measures with a multitude of custom reporting features.

“I am pleased to see more schools being better stewards of our citizens’ tax dollars while achieving better academic outcomes,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “Our new Web tool gives parents, businesses, and community leaders access to information that helps them see how well schools in their area are utilizing public funds in comparison to other districts across the state.”

FAST is updated annually using the most recent data from the Texas Education Agency.

The 2013 FAST ratings are assigned to 1,141 school districts and charters. Based on the FAST formula, school districts and campuses receive ratings from one to five stars, in half-star increments. A district that achieves the highest rating of five stars ranks among the top 20 percent of all Texas school districts in academic progress, while keeping expenditures among the lowest 20 percent of fiscally comparable districts.

The 2009 Legislature’s House Bill 3 directed the Comptroller to “identify school districts and campuses that use resource allocation practices that contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.”   

Find your  school district's rating below:

5-star Rating

  • No El Paso area school districts

4 1/2 Star Rating

  • No El Paso area school districts

4-star Rating

  • No El Paso area school districts

3 1/2-Star Rating

  • Anthony ISD
  • Clint ISD
  • Socorro ISD
  • Tornillo ISD

3-Star Rating

  • Alpine ISD

2 1/2-Star Rating

  • Canutillo ISD
  • El Paso ISD
  • Harmony Science Academy
  • Ysleta ISD

2-Star Rating

  • No El Paso area school districts

1 1/2-Star Rating

  • Fort Stockton ISD

1-Star Rating

  • No El Paso area school districts



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