The state's financial accountability system has given Clear Creek ISD an A grade, the highest possible score, demonstrating the district's quality financial management and reporting, according to an Oct. 8 CCISD press release.

“This rating reinforces our commitment to be strong stewards of public dollars,” Superintendent Greg Smith said in the release. “I am proud of our staff and our school board for always placing our resources to support student achievement.”

This is the 17th year of the Financial Accountability Rating System of Texas, or FIRST, which the Texas Education Agency developed in response to Senate Bill 875 of the 1999 state Legislature and amendments to House Bill 5 during the 2013 legislative session. The goal of FIRST is to achieve quality performance in school district financial management, which is significant considering the the complexity of accounting with the state's school finance system, the release reads.

The TEA assigned one of four accountability ratings to Texas school districts: an A grade for superior achievement, a B for above-standard achievement, a C for standard achievement and an F for substandard achievement. A public hearing for CCISD's FIRST grade will be held Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. at the CCISD Education Support Center, 2425 E. Main St., League City.