Early Independent School District officials announced that the district received a rating of “Superior” under Texas’ Schools FIRST financial accountability rating system. The Superior rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Early ISD’s financial management and reporting system.

 

This is the 19th year of Schools FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial accountability system for Texas school districts developed by the Texas Education Agency in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 76th Texas Legislature in 1999. The primary goal of Schools FIRST is to achieve quality performance in the management of school districts’ financial resources, a goal made more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school finance system.

 

“We are very pleased with Early ISD’s Schools FIRST rating, “said Early ISD Superintendent Wes Beck, “as it shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars. This rating shows that Early schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”

 

The Schools FIRST accountability rating system assigns one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “Superior,” followed by “Above-Standard," “Meets Standard” and “Substandard Achievement."