Schools FIRST is a financial rating system similar to a District's academic rating. FIRST stands for the “Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas.” It is the annual rating performed by the Texas Education Agency to test the financial performance of school districts as required by Title 19, Texas Administrative Code, Section 109. The ratings are upon analysis of staff, student, budgetary and actual financial data.
Allen ISD has received a “Superior Achievement” rating every year since FIRST was established. A district is assigned one of four ratings: Superior Achievement, Above Standard Achievement, Standard Achievement, and Substandard Achievement.
We feel that reaching the goal of Superior Achievement is more significant due to the complexity of accounting associated with the Texas’ school finance system. The Schools FIRST accountability rating makes sure that Texas school districts are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently. The information provided by the Schools FIRST system will guide us in our continued efforts to make the most of each taxpayer dollar.
The District's performance reports under Schools FIRST can be viewed below: