Texas Education Spending Report

RICHARDSON, Texas (AP) - A new Texas education report that rates school districts by comparing student performance to district spending has only about 4 percent of schools getting the top

The report released Wednesday by Comptroller Susan Combs uses a system in which schools get a ranking ranging from one to five stars.

About 20 percent of districts followed with the next to best ranking. The 2009 Legislature had asked the comptroller's office to develop a way to determine which schools were allocating their funds in a way that lead to both academic achievement and cost effectiveness. The report also gives schools recommendations on how to trim spending.

Combs says public school spending, in the last decade, has increased 63 percent.

She released the report during an appearance at the University of Texas at Dallas.