Education resource group ranks CFISD NO. 1 for second year

July 22, 2014—The Education Resource Group (ERG), a data-driven company that provides accountability and performance management for public schools, has for the second straight year rated Cypress-Fairbanks ISD the “Best Overall in Academic Performance & Financial Performance” in its 2012-2013 Best Practice Awards.

CFISD earned a 30.1 score in the District Productivity Index, which awards a cumulative score for Academic Achievement Index (AAI), District Performance Index (DPI) and District Financial Index (DFI).

“Cypress-Fairbanks ISD always strives for both academic and financial excellence, and we are proud to earn this ERG distinction for the second consecutive year,” said Dr. Mark Henry, superintendent of schools. “This No. 1 rating validates the commitment by our educators and Board of Trustees to maintain a quality statewide reputation for learning and living.”

CFISD ranked first in the DFI, an operating efficiency rating based on all funded expenditures for instruction, leadership, student support services and non-student support services. Its 2013 rank improved from its No. 4 ranking in 2012.

The district ranked in the 75.5 percentile in the AAI, based on STAAR test performance, four-year graduation rates, college admissions tests and college-ready graduates. The district ranked in the 85th percentile in DPI, which adjusts academic achievement with student demographics.

“What the public pays for is bang for the buck, and Cypress-Fairbanks is No. 1,” said Paul Haeberlen, ERG chief operating officer. “Cy-Fair gets the best academic outcomes for the dollar spent, and that is a highly prized position. That is the return on investment the public gets from its school district. Everybody wants to be there, but right now Cy-Fair is there.”

The goal of the Education Resource Group is to help clients develop and sustain effective and efficient organizations. The ERG analytics team provides data allowing policymakers to respond to the critical challenge from Gov. Rick Perry to “… identify those organizations whose practices contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.”

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