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

Hawaii

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 6.50 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 9.25 / 30
Average Salary Data 0.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 12.50 / 15
Total Score 28.25 / 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

Hawaii’s Department of Education provides seven years of Annual Financial Reports, which contain operating per pupil expenditure data at the state level only. Hawaii fails to provide total per pupil expenditures. Hawaii is missing the two most recent years of expenditures and fails to provide a table or graph that would allow citizens to easily compare changes in spending over time.

Per Pupil Expenditures
Metric
Category State District Score
Type of Per Pupil Expenditures Operating None
Half Credit n / a
Years of Data 7 years n / a
Score 3.5 / 10 0 / 10 3.5 / 20
Most Recent Year 2009-10 n / a
Score 3 / 10 0 / 10 3 / 20
Historical Comparison None n / a
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0/ 5
Total 6.5 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Hawaii provides seven years total expenditure data, including capital expenditures, at the state level only. Hawaii is missing the two most recent years of expenditures and fails to provide any data on total salary expenditures or pensions.

Total Expenditure Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Total Expenditures Object / Summary None
Score 4 / 4 0 / 4 4 / 8
Capital Expenditures Included n / a
Score 0 / 2 0 / 2 2 / 4
Total Salary Data None n / a
Score 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4
Pension Data None n / a
Score 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 4
Years of Data 7 years None
Score 1.75 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 1.75 / 5
Most Recent Year 2009–10 n / a
Score 1.5 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 1.5 / 5
Total 9.25 / 30

Average Salary Data

Hawaii fails to provide any data regarding average employee salaries.

Average Salary Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Categories Covered None None
Score 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 3
Employee Benefits n / a n / a
Score 0 / 1.25 0 / 1.25 0 / 2.5
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: Hawaii’s Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains a link to “Reports” which includes a link to the “Financial” page, which leads to the Annual Financial Reports.

Ease of Public Analysis: Hawaii’s financial 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: PDF only (minus 2.5 points) 7.5 / 10
Total 12.5 /15

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