Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting

The Gold Standard in Financial Reporting

For over 40 years, the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting (COE) has honored school districts for excellence and best practices in financial reporting.

Benefits of applying are two-fold: receive expert feedback to improve the quality of your Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and receive the prestigious COE certificate, which can improve the bond rating for your school district.

Transparency and fiscal accountability are critical in today's dynamic education environment, so there's never been a better time to apply for the COE.

Apply for the COE!

Why Apply?


Earning the nationally recognized COE

  • Shows your community that your district is credible and committed to fiscal integrity.
  • Helps your district achieve a better bond rating from credit evaluations by clearly disclosing all required information.
  • Demonstrates your district's transparency as you share financial information above and beyond what GAAP requires.
  • Improves your CAFR with comments from finance professionals who provide actionable feedback.
Questions? Email us or call 866.682.2729 x7067.

As part of their commitment to fiscal integrity and transparency, VALIC proudly supports the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting.