Azle ISD Earns State's Highest Fiscal Accountability Rating

August 17, 2020

Azle ISD has earned an “A” rating for “Superior Achievement” under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Superior Achievement” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Azle ISD's financial management and reporting system.


This is the 17th year of School FIRST (Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas), a financial 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 and amendments under House Bill 5, 83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 2013. 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.

“We are very pleased with Azle ISD’s School FIRST rating,” said Azle ISD Superintendent Todd Smith. This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers’ dollars. This rating shows that Azle ISD’s schools are accountable not only for student learning but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently.”

The Texas Education Agency assigned one of four financial accountability ratings 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.”

Azle ISD has achieved the highest rating for more than 10 years and this is the second year in a row that Azle ISD has received a perfect score of 100.

To review the preliminary 2019-2020 FIRST ratings for all Texas school districts, click here.

Preliminary ratings automatically become final 31 days after issuance, if TEA does not receive an appeal of a preliminary rating by the district.