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

Arizona

D+
Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 34.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 22.50 / 30
Average Salary Data 0.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 12.00 / 15
Total Score 68.50 / 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

Arizona’s Department of Education provides nine years of Superintendent’s Annual Reports, which contain total per pupil expenditure data. Arizona is missing the most recent year of expenditures and fails to provide a table or graph that would allow citizens to easily compare changes in per pupil expenditures over time.

Per Pupil Expenditures
Metric
Category State District Score
Type of Per Pupil Expenditures Total Total
Full Credit Full Credit
Years of Data 9 years 9 years
Score 9 / 10 9 / 10 18 / 20
Most Recent Year 2010-11 2010-11
Score 8 / 10 8 / 10 16 / 20
Historical Comparison None None
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0/ 5
Total 34 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Arizona’s Department of Education provides nine years of total expenditure data, including capital expenditures. Total salary expenditures are available for public school teachers and superintendents only, but there are no data on employee benefits. Arizona is missing the most recent year of expenditures and fails to provide pension data.

Total Expenditure Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Total Expenditures Object / Summary Object / Summary
Score 4 / 4 4 / 4 8 / 8
Capital Expenditures Included Included
Score 2 / 2 2 / 2 4 / 4
Total Salary Data Summary, No Benefits Summary, No Benefits
Score 1 / 2 1 / 2 2 / 4
Pension Data None None
Score 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4
Years of Data 9 years 9 years
Score 2.25 / 2.5 2.25 / 2.5 4.5 / 5
Most Recent Year 2010-11 2010-11
Score 2 / 2.5 2 / 2.5 4 / 5
Total 22.5 / 30

Average Salary Data

Arizona fails to provide any average salary data.

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

Public Accessibility

Navigation: Arizona’s Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains a link to “Finance / IT / Business Services” which includes a link to the School Finance Page. The Superintendent’s Annual Report is located under the “Reports” dropdown box on the menu bar.

Ease of Public Analysis: Arizona’s financial data are provided in PDF format only, which limits the ability of users to analyze the data. The reports are zipped.

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: PDF only (minus 2.5 points)

Deductions for: Zipped documents (minus 0.5 points)

7 / 10
Total 12 / 15

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