Is a district’s financial accountability rating a factor in the A–F ratings system?
The A–F rating system for academic accountability and the state's school financial accountability rating system (School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) are separate systems, but the results of both are posted on TXschools.gov. Whereas the A–F rating system holds districts and campuses accountable for the academic performance of students, FIRST ensures that Texas school districts and open-enrollment charter schools are accountable for the quality of their fiscal management practices. FIRST also encourages schools to better manage their financial resources in order to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. For more information on FIRST ratings, please visit TEA’s Division of Financial Compliance website.