Cypress, TX (June 1, 2016) Cypress-Fairbanks ISD earned its sixth consecutive five-star rating in the Texas Smart Schools Initiative, a rubric measuring school spending and student performance that was launched last week by former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.
The program, formerly the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), was created by the 81st Texas Legislature. The Legislature directed then-Comptroller Combs to “identify school districts and campuses that use resource allocation practices that contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.” The resulting site and its innovative “FAST Tracker” tool proved useful to constituents across the state.
Administered at Texas A&M University under the leadership of Lori Taylor, director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics and Public Policy, the program uses both academic progress and spending levels to assign a “Smart Score” of one to five stars.
CFISD is one of only 44 public and charter school districts in the entire state to earn a five-star rating, indicating the strongest level of relative academic progress combined with the lowest relative spending.
Furthermore, CFISD is one of only three public or charter entities to earn the highest possible rating in all six years of the FAST and Texas Smart Schools program.
“A quality public school system is one that not only prepares its students for life after school, but gives residents and business owners tremendous value for their tax dollars while boosting the local economy. I am proud that Cypress-Fairbanks ISD is leading the way as an institution of academic and financial excellence,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “With every student and community member benefitting, this Texas Smart Schools recognition aligns with our goal of CFISD For All.”
CFISD earned its last FAST five-star rating in 2014, when Combs was in office as Texas Comptroller.
“Public education is one of the largest items in the state budget, so Texans need to know where their dollars are getting the highest return in terms of student performance,” said Combs, a longtime transparency advocate, in a press release last week. “With this platform, parents can find out which schools are beating expectations and educators can find peers whose success makes them worth emulating. It’s truly an initiative that lends itself to the common good.”
Visit TXSmartSchools.org for more information.