Tyler, Texas — The Financial Allocation Study for Texas, or FAST, conducted a study rating Texas schools based on money spent per student in relationship with student achievement.
Based on the relationship between district spending and academic results, Tyler ISD was rated in the bottom half of forty-one school districts.
Texas has over 1,000 school districts, but for this study, they were grouped based on common cost factors.
The Spokesperson for the Comptroller's Office, R.J. DeSilva, told KETK, "The history behind this is that in 2009 the legislature passed a bill to have our agency to do an evaluation of the campus spending and academic progress, so 2010 was the first fast report and each year we updated with the latest numbers."
The study revealed that Tyler ISD spending is high per student and academic progress is in the middle, giving them a 2.5 out of 5.
DeSilva said, "We take in information like school spending and also control or factor in other aspects like school districts, student body population size, geography, student demographics."
Schools are rated from one to five stars, with five stars showing significant academic progress, while maintaining low spending levels per student.
Tyler ISD rating is above their 2010 rating of two stars, but below their 2011 rating of three stars.
The Comptroller's Office provides a list of "smart practices" for district schools and Laura Jackson, from Tyler ISD says that they will review those and try to implement the ones that will benefit the students. While two focuses of Tyler ISD's long range plan are progress and spending, Jackson says their goal is to continue to improve.