1.24 APS Receives FY2018 Financial Efficiency Star Rating from State

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January 24, 2019

Atlanta Public Schools Receives
FY2018 Financial Efficiency Star Rating (FESR) from State


ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Education (GADOE) today released the Financial Efficiency Star Ratings (FESR) for schools and school districts in Georgia. The goal of the FESR is to provide a comparison of district spending per student with overall academic performance, specifically the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). Atlanta Public Schools FESR for FY2018 is 1.5 stars on a scale of 5 stars.

The ratings and other tools are available on The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (GOSA) website here


Atlanta Public Schools Chief Financial Officer Lisa Bracken states, “APS respects this attempt to measure the district’s proficiency in educating students in a cost-effective manner, however, a number of unique factors and challenges must be taken into consideration.”   

  • A large proportion of our students are in high-need and high-cost categories, including special education, ESOL and high poverty.  APS is committed to providing additional services to meet the needs of these students. 


  • APS maintains low-population neighborhood schools, due to urban traffic constraints and community needs.  Low-population schools may yield greater per pupil expenditures as they are unable to take advantage of economies of scale.


  • APS has a large unfunded pension liability, with an annually increasing obligation until 2027.  The severity of this financial strain is unique to APS.


  • Atlanta has one of the highest costs of living in the state of Georgia, which impacts salary requirements needed to attract and retain quality employees.

Per pupil expenditures in APS have been and will continue to be driven by efforts to increase student achievement, and the results of the most recent Georgia Milestones assessments – which continue to improve, as the District achieved year-over-year gains in the percentage of students scoring proficient and above on 18 of 24 (75%) End-of-Grade and End-of-Course assessments, compared to gains in just over half (52%) in the previous year – indicate that while the district still has a long way to go, it continues to move in the right direction.


As such, the district expects to continue making significant investments to improve student achievement. For the FY2018 school year, the district invested $32 million in its turnaround strategy for low-performing schools.


APS will remain committed to providing its students with a high-quality educational experience, while implementing a fiscally responsible approach that minimizes the impact on tax payers and makes efficient use of public dollars.


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