The state recognized five East Texas school districts for outstanding achievement based on academic performance and financial efficiency.
Whitehouse ISD in Smith County, White Oak ISD in Gregg County and Winnsboro ISD in Wood County received the Texas Honors Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s Office, according to a Region 7 Education Service Center news release. Other regional school districts receiving the award include Harleton ISD in Harrison County and Stephen F. Austin State University Charter School in Nacogdoches County.
Some 55 school districts and 317 campuses received the award, which is based on performance on the 2013 Financial Allocation Study for Texas, or FAST.
The award recognizes school districts and campuses that attain academic success with cost-effective operations, according to the news release.
Districts and charters that earned the award had a Five-Star FAST rating, which is the highest rating possible.
“Your efforts to help our state and local governments wisely manage educational spending while preparing students for success in college or the work force is crucial to the future of Texas,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said, according to the news release.
To view FAST’s results and to see the list of all Texas Honors Circle award recipients, go to www.FASTexas.org .