The Texas Comptroller has given Pflugerville ISD 4 stars on the office’s annual Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) report, which identifies districts and campuses that combine high academic achievement with cost-effective operations. This is the second year the district has earned a 4-star rating from the state.
Each district and campus is assigned a FAST rating of one to five stars, indicating its success in combining cost-effective spending with the achievement of measurable student academic progress. Out of 17 districts in the state with student enrollment between 20,000 and 30,000, only five had a FAST rating higher than PISD. Of these five districts, only one had lower per pupil spending and a higher percentage of economically disadvantaged students.
The 2012-2013 report shows that Pflugerville ISD displayed academic progress in the top 70th percentile of Texas school districts, while the district’s spending remained low compared to its fiscal peers. The district’s per pupil spending is averaged at $7,175, lower than its peers.
“Pflugerville ISD has a history of providing an exceptional education to its students, and being good stewards of taxpayer dollars,” Superintendent Charles E. Dupre said. “Our community places their trust in us to educate their children in a fiscally responsible manner and we take that trust very seriously.”
The 2009 Texas Legislature directed the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to “identify school districts and campuses that use resource allocation practices that contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.” In response, the Comptroller’s office released the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST) in December 2010.
The 2012 FAST ratings now incorporate Texas Education Agency (TEA) data from the 2010-11 school year. In addition, the updated Web reporting tool includes 2010-11 data from TEA’s 2010-11 AEIS report as well as 2011 accountability ratings.