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.

2017 FESR

The Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) and GOSA released the 2017 FESR on January 26, 2018. The following related resources are available for download:

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 2017 district FESR is based on a three-year average (2014-2015, 2015-2016, and 2016-2017) of PPE and CCRPI scores. The 2017 school FESR is based on 2017 data only.

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 2017 calculation guide provides a complete list of excluded expenditures.

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.