What Is TSPR?
The Texas School Performance Review (TSPR), a program of the Texas Comptroller's office, is the nation's first state-level vehicle designed to improve the management and finances of public school districts.
Since its creation in 1991, TSPR has conducted in-depth, on-site management reviews of 46 Texas school districts serving more than 1 million students, or 28 percent of the state’s 3.9 million public school students. More than $491 million in five-year net savings have been identified in the previous 46 reviews conducted to date.
These reviews diagnose districts’ administrative, organizational, and financial problems and recommend ways to cut costs, increase revenues, reduce overhead, streamline operations, and improve the delivery of educational services. TSPR’s overall goal is to ensure that every possible education dollar is directed to the classroom.
A TSPR review is more than a traditional financial audit. Instead, TSPR examines the entire scope of district operations, including organization and management, educational service delivery, personnel management, community involvement, facilities use and management, financial management, asset and risk management, purchasing and warehousing functions, computers and technology, food services, transportation, and safety and security.
Reviews can be requested or districts can be selected for a review. A cross-section of Texas school districts—large and small, wealthy and poor, urban and rural—are selected so that a wide variety of other districts can apply TSPR’s recommendations to their own circumstances. Priority is given to districts with a poor academic performance and/or a poor financial performance, and where the greatest number of students will benefit from an audit.
Nearly 90 percent of all recommendations are being voluntarily implemented to date in the 31 districts that have had more than one year to implement TSPR recommendations.