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

Kansas

C+
Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 43.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 12.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 8.50 / 10
Public Accessibility 13.50 / 15
Total Score 77.00 / 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 Kansas State Department of Education provides ten years of Total Expenditures by District reports up to the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain total per pupil expenditure data. Kansas provides a table that allows citizens to compare changes in per pupil expenditures over time, though the figures are not adjusted for inflation.

Per Pupil Expenditures
Metric
Category State District Score
Type of PPE Total Total
Credit Full Credit Full Credit
Years of Data 10+ years 10+ years
Score 10 / 10 10 / 10 20 / 20
Most Recent Year 2011-12 2011-12
Score 10 / 10 10 / 10 20 / 20
Historical Comparison Included* Included*
Score 1.5 / 2.5 1.5 / 2.5 3 / 5
Total 43 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Kansas provides more than ten years of total expenditure data at the summary level only through the 2011–12 school year. Capital expenditures are a line item, but not included in the “total expenditures” calculation. Kansas fails to provide any data on total salary expenditures 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

Kansas provides four years of average salary data for teachers and administrators through the 2011–12 school year. Data on average employee benefits are provided.

Note: While it does not affect Kansas’ score, the average salary figures provided by the Kansas State Department of Education often conflict with the data collected by KansasOpenGov.org. Indeed, the average salaries alone at KansasOpenGov.org are frequently higher than the combined pay and benefits provided by the state Department of Education.

Average Salary Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Categories Covered Teachers, administrators Teachers, administrators
Score 1 / 1.5 1 / 1.5 2 / 3
Employee Benefits Included Included
Score 1 / 1 1 / 1 2 / 2
Years of Data 4 years 4 years
Score 1 / 1.25 1 / 1.25 2 / 2.5
Most Recent Year 2011–12 2011–12
Score 1.25 / 1.25 1.25 / 1.25 2.5 / 2.5
Total 8.5 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: The Kansas State Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains a link to “School Finance” which includes a link to the Total Expenditures by District reports on the right-hand menu bar. Average salary data is located in the “School Finance Warehouse” by clicking on the “Data, Media and Reports” link at the main page.

Ease of Public Analysis: Most of Kansas’ financial data are provided in PDF format only, which limits the ability of users to analyze the data. The most recent Expenditure Per Pupil report is also available in an Excel spreadsheet. All average salary data are available in Excel spreadsheets only.

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 1.5 points)
Per Pupil Expenditures: PDF and Excel spreadsheet*
Total Expenditures: PDF

Average Salary: Excel spreadsheets
8.5 / 10
Total 13.5 /15

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