Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST)

The original FAST study originated in 2009 when the 81st Texas Legislature directed the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts to “identify school districts and campuses that use resource allocation practices that contribute to high academic achievement and cost-effective operations.” Former comptroller, Susan Combs, and her team developed FAST to meet that challenge. After the initial study, the methodology continued to evolve and an updated FAST Methodology report was issued in 2014.

The FAST Methodology (2014)

The Original FAST Study (2010)

These are the details behind the original Financial Allocation Study for Texas, including an overview of school spending, demographic trends, and the in-depth methodology behind the district and campus FAST rating results.

Part 1: Executive Summary

Part 2: FAST Ratings by District and Campus

Part 3: Smart Practices for Minimizing Costs

Part 4: Beyond K-12: Cost Efficiencies in Higher Education

Appendix: Background, Methodology and Expanded Data for Recommendations