School FIRST Ratings 2018-2019
school district’s preliminary 2018–2019 School Financial Integrity Rating
System of Texas (FIRST) rating is now available online. To access your
district’s School FIRST rating:
School FIRST Rating
district’s rating is based on an analysis of the district’s financial data for
fiscal year 2018 (the fiscal period ended June 30, 2018, or August 31, 2018,
depending on the ending date of your district’s fiscal year). We determined
your district’s rating using the financial indicators specified in 19 Texas Administrative
Code (TAC) §109.1001(e).
carefully review your district’s preliminary School FIRST rating and the data
associated with each of the 15 indicators.
your district wishes to appeal an adverse issue it identifies in the
preliminary rating, your district may submit a written appeal with supporting
evidence to the TEA Financial Compliance Division. For the appeal to be
considered, we must receive it by
September 9, 2019. Send any appeal to the following address:
Texas Education Agency
Financial Compliance Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
Please see 19 TAC §109.1001(n) for the rules
regarding the filing of an appeal. As stated in that section, we will consider
only an appeal that would result in a change to your district’s rating. If no appeal is submitted by your district,
the preliminary rating becomes final on the 31st day after the
preliminary ratings are released (September 10, 2019).
FIRST Rating and Required Reporting
will issue final ratings to school districts after we have reviewed any submitted
appeals. Final 2018–2019 School FIRST ratings are anticipated to be released
in October 2019.
two months of the release of its final School FIRST rating, your district must
announce and hold a public meeting to distribute a financial management report
that explains the district’s rating and its performance under each indicator
for the current and previous year’s ratings. The report also must provide the
financial information described in 19 TAC §109.1001(q)(3). We encourage your district to include in the report additional
information that will be beneficial to stakeholders, especially information
explaining any special circumstances that may have affected the district’s
performance under one or more of the indicators.
required newspaper notice to inform taxpayers of the meeting must be published
no more than 30 days and no fewer than 10 days before the public meeting. Your
district may combine the meeting with a scheduled regular meeting of the board
full requirements related to the report and meeting, see 19 TAC §109.1001(q).
For a template that your district can use in developing its financial
management report, see the TEA School FIRST web page.
note that the TEA considers a district’s School FIRST rating when assigning an
accreditation status, as required by the accreditation status rules in 19 TAC §97.1055.
you have questions about your district’s School FIRST rating, please contact Robin
Aldridge at (512) 463-3940 or by email at Robin.Aldridge@tea.texas.gov.