For the 18th year, Irving Independent School District has received the highest rating, an “A” for Superior Achievement, under the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for the 2019-20 rating year based on the 2018-19 school year data.
School FIRST is a financial accountability system for Texas school districts implemented by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The goal of School FIRST is to ensure that the state’s public schools are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices. The Superior Achievement rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of Irving ISD’s financial management and reporting system.
Districts that receive a score of 90 out of 100 earn a rating of Superior Achievement, and Irving scored a 96. The high rating is accredited to scoring perfectly on eight of the 10 scorable criteria.
TEA assigns 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.
Gary Micinski, chief financial officer for Irving ISD, is elated with the news and credits the district’s Board of Trustees for the success.
“It’s an honor to work with the Board of Trustees,” he says. “They provide us the support to maintain this great rating year after year.”