Houston ISD has earned a rating of Above Standard Achievement under the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas, or FIRST, for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.
Schools FIRST is a statewide rating system created to ensure that school districts are held accountable for the quality of their financial management practices, while achieving improved performance in the management of their financial resources.
The Schools FIRST accountability rating system assigns one of four ratings, with the highest being Superior Achievement. The other rating categories include Above Standard Achievement, Standard Achievement and Substandard Achievement.
Approximately 784 out of the 1,029 school districts in Texas received the Superior Achievement rating this year.