School FIRST Ratings

The Schools Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) is a TEA-administered financial accountability system for public and charter school districts, actively promoting fiscal responsibility and transparency.
Based on 15 meticulously evaluated financial indicators—measuring practices such as fund balance, debt management, and financial stability—school districts receive ratings ranging from Superior and Above Standard Achievement to Standard Achievement or Substandard Achievement.
TEA derives these ratings from audited financial statements and submitted financial data, providing an objective measure of financial practices. A high rating underscores strong financial management, transparency, and the district's ability to meet its financial obligations. Conversely, a lower rating may suggest financial risk, prompting increased stakeholder scrutiny.
In essence, the Schools FIRST rating is paramount for districts, showcasing financial accountability, transparency, and the efficient use of resources. Ultimately, this supports student achievement and fosters public trust in the district's financial stewardship.
Mission CISD received a rating of “A” for “Superior” under Texas’ School FIRST financial accountability rating system. The “Superior” rating is the state’s highest, demonstrating the quality of the District’s financial management and reporting system.
School FIRST Ratings
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