Cracking the Books: How Well Do State Education Departments Report Public School Spending?

Alaska

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 0.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 12.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 2.25 / 10
Public Accessibility 12.50 / 15
Total Score 26.75 / 100

Note: Scores reflect the data provided on each state's education department website as of December 31, 2012. For more information, please see the Grading Criteria section.

Per Pupil Expenditures

Alaska’s Department of Education & Early Development website fails to provide per pupil expenditure data.

Per Pupil Expenditures
Metric
Category State District Score
Type of Per Pupil Expenditures None None
n / a n / a
Years of Data n / a n / a
Score 0 / 10 0 / 10 0 / 20
Most Recent Year n / a n / a
Score 0 / 10 0 / 10 0 / 20
Historical Comparison n / a n / a
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0/ 5
Total 0 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Alaska provides more than ten years of State Report Cards to the Public (Profiles Table), which contain a summary of state and district total expenditures through the 2011–12 school year. Alaska fails to provide any data on capital expenditures, total salaries, or pensions.

Total Expenditure Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Total Expenditures Summary Summary
Score 1 / 4 1 / 4 2 / 8
Capital Expenditures None None
Score 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4
Total Salary Data None None
Score 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4
Pension Data None None
Score 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4
Years of Data 10+ years 10+ years
Score 2.5 / 2.5 2.5 / 2.5 5 / 5
Most Recent Year 2011-12 2011-12
Score 2.5 / 2.5 2.5 / 2.5 5 / 5
Total 12 / 30

Average Salary Data

Alaska provides only two years of Quick Facts, which contain statewide average salary data through the 2011–12 school year for teachers only. Alaska fails to provide statewide average employee benefits data or any district-level data.

Average Salary Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Categories Covered Teachers None
Score 0.5 / 1.5 0 / 1.5 0.5 / 3
Employee Benefits None n / a
Score 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2
Years of Data 2 n / a
Score 0.5 / 1.25 0 / 1.25 0.5 / 2.5
Most Recent Year 2011–12 n / a
Score 1.25 / 1.25 0 / 1.25 1.25 / 2.5
Total 2.25 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: Alaska’s Department of Education & Early Development website is easy to navigate. The homepage provides a link to the Report Card to the Public page, which contains many years of the report as well as Quick Facts.

Ease of Public Analysis: Alaska’s total expenditure data are provided in Excel spreadsheets only, which limits the readability of the data. Alaska’s average salary data are provided in PDF format only, which limits the ability of users to analyze the data.

Public Accessibility
Category Metric Score
Navigation Full Credit: Very easy for a layperson to locate the desired data. All relevant data are in close proximity with a main menu that is clear and commonsensical. 5 / 5
Ease of Public Analysis

Format: (minus 2.5 points) Expenditure data: Excel spreadsheets only

Average salary: HTML only
7.5 / 10
Total 12.5 / 15

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