Dripping Springs ISD earned the highest rating of “five stars,” in the 2018 TXSmartSchools rating. Only 49 school districts and charter campuses statewide received the top rating, and DSISD is one of only two school districts in Central Texas that was included in the five-star list.
The rating indicates a district’s success in combining cost-effective spending with the achievement of measurable student academic progress compared with their fiscal peers.
Individual schools also are rated. In the 2018 ratings, Rooster Springs Elementary received five stars, Dripping Springs Elementary and Dripping Springs Middle School received 4.5 stars and Walnut Springs Elementary and Dripping Springs High received four stars.
The origins of the TXSmartSchools rating system trace back to the Financial Allocation Study for Texas (FAST), which was created by the 81st Legislature in 2009 and was based on a similar methodology. DSISD earned five stars in the initial FAST rating released in 2010, and consistently rated high in subsequent years.