Financial Efficiency Star Rating

The Financial Efficiency Star Rating (FESR) provides a comparison of district spending per student with overall academic performance. The FESR should be one measure that a user evaluates in conjunction with all other information provided for each school and district. The goal of the star rating is to provide a comparison of district spending per student with overall academic performance. The Financial Efficiency Star Rating Archives provide information on FESRs from previous years. The Georgia Department of Education's Financial Transparency Dashboard provides a high-level overview of district- and school-level finances.

2020 FESR (PPE Only)

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and GOSA are unable to release FESR for the 2019-2020 school year due to the cancellation of 2020 Milestones testing and the lack of 2020 CCRPI data. The 2020 per pupil expenditure (PPE) district-level and school-level files were released on February 4, 2021. The following files are available for download:


    Details on the FESR Calculation

    The matrix below shows the method for determining the FESR using both the PPE percentile and the CCRPI scores. Districts can earn between a one-half star and five stars, with a one-half star rating for districts with the highest PPEs and low CCRPI scores, and a five-star rating for districts with the lowest PPEs and high CCRPI scores. The 2019 district FESR is based on a three-year average (2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019) of PPE and CCRPI scores. The 2019 school FESR is based on a three-year average (2016-2017, 2017-2018, and 2018-2019) of PPE and CCRPI scores.

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    The PPE is calculated by dividing the district's expenditures by the district's fall enrollment count. The PPE calculation only includes certain expenditures. In general, expenditures that do not directly affect the K-12 population, those associated with food and facility construction, and expenditures that cannot be associated with a specific year are omitted from the PPE calculation. Additionally, expenditures for students that are outside of the district’s enrollment zone are excluded from the calculation. The Download this pdf file. 2020 Calculation Guide provides a complete list of excluded expenditures.

    State charter schools are reported in the school-level downloadable file. Since state charter schools report directly to the state, any district value (such as district allocation) is reported as zero. Otherwise, their school-level and district-level version of a particular variable would be the same.

    Authorizing Statute

    O.C.G.A. §20-14-33 requires that the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA), in coordination with GaDOE, create a financial efficiency rating. The law requires that GOSA and the GaDOE collaborate to “adopt and annually review, and revise as necessary, indicators of the quality of learning by students, financial efficiency, and school climate for individual schools and for school systems.” Financial efficiency “may include an analysis of how federal and state funds spent by local school systems impact student achievement and school improvement, and components used to determine financial efficiency may include actual achievement, resource efficiency, and student participation in standardized testing.” The rating must be based upon five stars.