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

Illinois

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 30.25 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 21.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 8.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 12.50 / 15
Total Score 71.75 / 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

The Illinois State Board of Education provides more than ten years of Annual Reports through the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain the statewide average for total per pupil expenditures. Illinois provides a table that allows citizens to compare changes in the statewide average operating per pupil expenditures over time, but fails to provide total per pupil expenditures. The figures are adjusted for inflation in the 2011 report but not in the most recent report.

There are more than ten years of Annual Statistical Reports, which contain district-level operating per pupil expenditure data. Illinois is missing the most recent year of district-level per pupil expenditures and fails to provide a table or graph that would allow citizens to easily compare changes in district-level per pupil expenditures over time.

Per Pupil Expenditures
Metric
Category State District Score
Type of PPE Total Operating
Credit Full Credit Full Credit
Years of Data 10+ years 10+ years
Score 10 / 10 5 / 10 15 / 20
Most Recent Year 2011-12 2010-11
Score 10 / 10 4 / 10 14 / 20
Historical Comparison Included* None
Score 1.25 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 1.25 / 5
Total 30.25 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Illinois provides more than ten years of Annual Statistical Reports. The reports contain total expenditure data, including capital expenditures. Illinois is missing the most recent year of expenditures and fails to provide any total salary or 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 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 2010-11 2010-11
Score 2 / 2.5 2 / 2.5 4 / 5
Total 21 / 30

Average Salary Data

Illinois provides more than five years of Illinois Teacher Salary Studies, which contain district-level median salary data, including benefits, for teachers only through the 2011–12 school year. More than five years of state-level average salary data for teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff are available in the “Educators” section of the Annual Statistical Reports.

Average Salary Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Categories Covered Teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff Teachers
Score 1.5 / 1.5 0.5 / 1.5 2 / 3
Employee Benefits None Included
Score 0 / 1 1 / 1 1 / 2
Years of Data 5+ years 5+ years
Score 1.25 / 1.25 1.25 / 1.25 2.5 / 2.5
Most Recent Year 2011–12 2011–12
Score 1.25 / 1.25 1.25 / 1.25 2.5 / 2.5
Total 8 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: The Illinois State Board of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains a link to “Reports & Statistics” which includes links to the Annual Report, Annual Statistical Reports, and Administrator and Teacher Salary and Benefits reports.

Ease of Public Analysis: Illinois’ 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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