Financial Efficiency Star Rating

The Financial Efficiency Star Rating (FESR) provides a comparison of district spending per student with overall academic performance.  The rating is based on the district's three-year average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) score and the percentile of the three-year average per pupil expenditure (PPE).  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.

2016 FESR

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) will release the 2016 FESR after the release of the 2016 CCRPI.

2015 FESR

On July 14, GaDOE and GOSA released the first Financial Efficiency Star Ratings (FESR).  A downloadable file of all districts' 2015 ratings can be found at the bottom of this page.  For an analysis of the 2015 FESR, click here to read GOSA's education update. For a detailed explanation of the 2015 FESR, click here for the 2015 calculation guide.

Details on the 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 2016 FESR will be based on a three-year average (2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2015-2016) of PPE and CCRPI scores. 

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.   For a complete list of the excluded expenditures, click here for the 2016 calculation guide.

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.