The Texas Education Agency released the final financial accountability ratings on Thursday, and all Johnson County school districts’ scores didn’t change compared to October’s preliminary numbers. 

Cleburne ISD received a Superior rating along with other districts in Johnson County except for Keene ISD, which received a Meets Standard rating, and Kauffman Leadership Academy, which received a Substandard Achievement rating. 

Created by the 77th Texas Legislature in 2001, the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas is designed to encourage public schools to better manage their financial resources to provide the maximum allocation possible for direct instructional purposes. 

The 2018-19 ratings are based on annual financial reports provided to TEA by districts and charters from the 2018 fiscal year. The financial accountability system requires TEA to review the audited financial reports from all districts and charters.  

The FIRST ratings are based on 15 financial indicators, such as administrative cost expenditures; the accuracy of a district or charter’s financial information submitted to TEA; and any financial vulnerabilities or material weaknesses in internal controls as determined by an external auditor. 

Based on the submitted information, a school district or charter is assigned one of four possible letter grades — A, B, C or F — as well as a coinciding financial management rating — Superior, Above Standard Achievement, Meets Standard or Substandard Achievement.

Cleburne ISD received a Superior rating with a score of 98, which is the same as last year. Alvarado ISD received a Superior rating with a score of 100, which is the same as last year.

Burleson ISD received a Superior rating with a score of 100, compared to 92 last year. Godley ISD received a Superior rating with a score of 100, which is the same as last year.

Grandview ISD received a Superior rating with a score of 100, the same score as last year. Joshua ISD received a Superior rating with a score of 98, compared to 100 last year. Keene ISD received a Meets Standard rating with a score of 68, compared to 70 last year.

Rio Vista ISD received a Superior rating with a score of 92, which is the same as last year. Venus ISD received a Superior rating with a score of 100, which is the same as last year.

Kauffman Leadership Academy received a Substandard Achievement rating. 

For information, visit tea.texas.gov. 

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