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Shepherd ISD earns state’s highest accountability rating
San Jacinto News- Times - September 2008
SHEPHERD -- Shepherd Independent School District (SISD) received a rating of “Superior Achievement” from Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas (FIRST), according to school offi cials. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of SISD’s fi nancial management and reporting system. This is the sixth year of Schools FIRST, a fi nancial 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’ fi - nancial resources, a goal made more signifi cant due to the complexity of accounting associated with Texas’ school fi nance system.
“We are very pleased with SISD’s FIRST rating,” said Superintendent Jody Cronin, “as it shows that our district is making the most of our Taxpayers’ dollars. This rating shows that Shepherd’s schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results costeffectively and effi ciently.” The Schools FIRST accountability rating system assigns one of four fi nancial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being “Superior Achievement,” followed by “Above-Standard Achievement,” “Standard Achievement” and “Substandard Achievement.” Districts with serious data quality problems may receive the additional rating of “Suspended –Data Quality.” Districts that receive the “Substandard Achievement” or “Suspended – Data Quality” ratings under Schools FIRST must fi le a corrective action plan with the Texas Education Agency.