June 18, 2014
To the Administrator
Notification of 2014 Preliminary Charter School FIRST Rating
school district’s preliminary 2014 School Financial Integrity Rating System of
Texas (FIRST) rating is now available in the online Charter School FIRST system.
To access the School FIRST system:
in to the Texas Education Agency Login (TEAL) at https://pryor.tea.state.tx.us/,
the link for your TEA Secure Environment (TEASE) user account, and
the School FIRST link.
for Charter School FIRST Rating
district’s rating is based on an analysis of the district’s financial data for
fiscal year 2013 (the fiscal period ended June 30, 2013, or August 31, 2013,
depending on the ending date of your district’s fiscal year). We determined
your district’s rating using the financial indicators specified in 19 Texas
Administrative Code (TAC) §109.1002(g).
carefully review your district’s preliminary Charter School FIRST rating and
the data associated with each of the 19 indicators.
your district believes that its rating was based on a data error solely
attributable to our review of the data for any of the 19 indicators, your
district may submit a written appeal with supporting evidence to the Financial
Accountability Division. For the appeal to be considered, we must receive it by July 21, 2014. Send any appeal to
the following address:
Texas Education Agency
Financial Accountability Division
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701
made by your district in recording data or submitting data through the Public
Education Information Management System (PEIMS) do not constitute a valid basis for appeal.
Please see 19 TAC §109.1002(i) for the rules regarding the filing of an appeal. As stated in that
section, we will consider only an appeal that would result in a change to your
Charter School FIRST Rating and Required Reporting
will issue final ratings to school districts after we have reviewed any
submitted appeals. The anticipated release date for final 2014 Charter School
FIRST ratings is September 5, 2014.
two months of the release of its final Charter School FIRST rating, your school
district must announce and hold a public meeting to distribute a financial
management report that explains the district’s rating and its performance under
each of the 19 indicators for the current and prior fiscal years. The report
also must provide the financial information described in 19 TAC §109.1005(b)(2). We encourage your
district to include in the report additional information that will be beneficial
to taxpayers, especially information explaining any special circumstances that
may have affected the district’s performance under one or more of the
first of two required newspaper notices to inform taxpayers of the meeting must
be published no more than 30 days and no fewer than 14 days before the public
meeting. Your district may combine the meeting with a scheduled regular meeting
of the board of trustees.
full requirements related to the report and meeting, see 19 TAC §109.1005. For a template that
your district can use in developing its financial management report, see the
TEA FIRST web page.
Status and Special Education Determination Status
note that the TEA considers a school district’s Charter School FIRST rating
when assigning an accreditation status, as required by the accreditation status
rules in 19 TAC §97.1055.
your district’s final Charter School FIRST rating may impact its special
education determination status as issued by the TEA under the requirements of
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and 34 Code of Federal
for Further Information
you have questions about your district’s Charter School FIRST rating, please
contact me by telephone at (512) 475-3451 or by email at Belinda.Dyer@tea.state.tx.us.
of Financial Accountability
of School Finance
cc: Education Service Center Executive
Ph.D., Associate Commissioner, School Finance/
Chief School Finance Officer, TEA
Nora Ibáñez Hancock,
Ed.D., Associate Commissioner,
Office for Grants and Federal Fiscal Compliance, TEA
Sally Partridge, Associate Commissioner,
Department of Accreditation and Sch