LIST: State releases study rating ETX school districts on academic progress, spending

LIST: State releases study rating ETX school districts on academic progress, spending
MGN/ Kate Lapine
The School Yard

POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014 - 5:13pm

UPDATED: Sunday, March 30, 2014 - 11:06am

East Texas 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 Como-Pickton CISD, Harleton ISD, Stephen F. Austin State University Charter School, Whitehouse ISD, Winnsboro ISD and Woden ISD. That number is up from 45 in 2012.

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 Comproller 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 East Texas school district's rating below:

5-star Rating

  • Como-Pickton CISD 
  • Harlteon ISD 
  • SFA University Charter School 
  • Whitehouse ISD
  • White Oak ISD
  • Winnsboro ISD
  • Woden ISD

4 1/2 Star Rating

  • Canton ISD
  • Central Heights ISD 
  • Chapel Hill ISD (Titus County) 
  • Douglass ISD
  • Edgewood ISD 
  • Joaquin  ISD 
  • Pineywoods Community Academy 
  • Queen City 
  • Spring Hill ISD 
  • Union Hill ISD 
  • Winona ISD
  • Zavalla ISD

4-star Rating

  • Central ISD 
  • Chireno ISD 
  • Cumberland Academy
  • Elysian Fields ISD 
  • Excelsior ISD 
  • Hallsville ISD 
  • Harmon ISD 
  • Hughes Springs ISD 
  • Kirbyville ISD 
  • Lindale ISD 
  • Martin's Mill ISD 
  • Miller Grove ISD 
  • Mineola ISD
  • Mount Vernon ISD 
  • Slocum ISD
  • Tenaha ISD


3 1/2-Star Rating

  • Apple Spring ISD
  • Big Sandy ISD (Upshur County) 
  • Brookeland ISD
  • Bullard ISD 
  • Cross Roads ISD 
  • Cushing ISD 
  • Elkhart ISD 
  • Eustace ISD 
  • Evadale ISD 
  • Garrison ISD 
  • Gladewater ISD 
  • Hudson ISD 
  • Jacksonville ISD 
  • LaPoynor ISD 
  • Linden-Kildare ISD 
  • Lovelady ISD 
  • Martinsville ISD 
  • New Summerfield ISD 
  • North Hopkins ISD 
  • Onalaska ISD 
  • Pine Tree ISD 
  • Pittsburg ISD 
  • Quitman ISD
  • Saltillo ISD 
  • Westwood ISD 
  • Yantis ISD

3-Star Rating

  • Alba-Golden ISD
  • Arp ISD 
  • Buna ISD 
  • Cayuga ISD 
  • Chapel Hill ISD (Smith County) 
  • Corrigan-Camden ISD 
  • Diboll ISD 
  • Frankston ISD 
  • Fruitvale ISD 
  • Harts Bluff ISD 
  • Jasper ISD 
  • Jefferson ISD 
  • Leggett ISD 
  • Lufkin ISD 
  • Malakoff ISD 
  • McLeod ISD 
  • New Diana ISD  
  • Pewitt CISD 
  • Rains ISD 
  • Sabine ISD 
  • Tatum ISD 
  • Timpson ISD 
  • Troup ISD 
  • Tyler ISD 
  • Wells ISD


2 1/2-Star Rating

  • Alto ISD 
  • Big Sandy ISD (Polk County) 
  • Bloomburg ISD 
  • Center ISD 
  • Crockett ISD 
  • Cumby ISD
  • Daingerfield-Lone Star ISD 
  • Gary ISD 
  • Gilmer ISD 
  • Goodrich ISD 
  • Grand Saline ISD 
  • Grapeland ISD 
  • Hawkins ISD
  • Henderson ISD 
  • Huntington ISD 
  • Kilgore ISD 
  • Latexo ISD 
  • Nacogdoches ISD 
  • Neches ISD 
  • Ore City ISD 
  • Overton ISD 
  • Rusk ISD 
  • San Augustine ISD 
  • Shelbyville ISD 
  • Sulphur Bluff ISD
  • Sulphur Springs ISD 
  • Trinity ISD
  • Van ISD 
  • Wills Point ISD 
  • Waskom ISD 
  • Winfield ISD

2-Star Rating

  • Avinger ISD 
  • Beckville ISD 
  • Broaddus ISD 
  • Carlisle ISD 
  • Carthage ISD 
  • Centerville ISD
  • Groveton ISD
  • Karnack ISD 
  • Laneville ISD 
  • Leverett's Chapel ISD 
  • Longview ISD 
  • Marshall ISD 
  • Murchison ISD
  • Palestine ISD 
  • Panola Charter School 
  • Union Grove ISD
  • West Rusk ISD 


1 1/2-Star Rating

  • Athens ISD
  • Atlanta ISD 
  • Brownsboro ISD
  • Etoil ISD 
  • Kennard ISD 
  • Livingston ISD
  • Mount Enterprise ISD
  • Mount Pleasant ISD

1-Star Rating

  • Trinidad ISD


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It is time that we recognized that spending spending spending doe not improve student OR teacher performance,"American 15-year-olds continue to turn in flat results in a test that measures students' proficiency in reading, math and science worldwide.
Get some decent teachers in the schools where ACADEMICS is the main objective. Get rid od standardized testing.

Get rid of State Test

Really goes to show you about the MPISD group. 1 1/2 star but yet Winfield gets 2 1/2 stars. Smaller schools obviously better.

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