Pearland ISD receives superior rating for financial accountability

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By KAROLYN GEPHART

Pearland ISD recently received an “A” for Superior Achievement under School Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2016-17 rating year based on the 2015-16 school year data.

The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest for finances, demonstrating the quality of Pearland’s financial management and reporting system.

School FIRST, a financial accountability system for Texas school districts implemented by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) is in its 15th year. The primary goal of School 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.

TEA assigns one of four financial accountability rating to Texas school districts, with the highest being “A” for Superior Achievement, followed by “B” for Above-Standard Achievement, “C” for Standard Achievement and “F” for Substandard Achievement.

“School FIRST accountability rating ensures that Texas school districts are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost effectively and efficiently,” Pearland ISD Superintendent John Kelly said. “The information provided by the School First system will guide us in our continued efforts to maximize each taxpayer dollar.”

Pearland received a score of 98. A score of 90 out of a possible 100 earned the rating of Superior Achievement.

This is the 14th time PISD has won this award.

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