Pine Tree ISD officials announced that the district received a rating of "P" for "Passed" under Texas' School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The "Passed" rating is the state's highest, demonstrating the quality of Pine Tree ISD's financial management and reporting system.
"We are very pleased with Pine Tree ISD's School FIRST rating, said Pine Tree ISD Superintendent Dr. TJ Farler. This rating shows that our district is making the most of our taxpayers' dollars. This rating shows that Pine Tree schools are accountable not only for student learning, but also for achieving these results cost-effectively and efficiently."
This is the 13th 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.
The Texas Education Agency converted Schools FIRST to a two-tier rating system of either "P" for "Pass or "F" for "Substandard Achievement" for the 2014-2015 rating year. Prior to the 2014-2015 rating year, the Schools FIRST accountability rating system assigned one of four financial accountability ratings to Texas school districts, with the highest being "Superior Achievement," followed by "Above-Standard Achievement, "Standard Achievement" and Substandard Achievement."