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

Missouri

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 19.50 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 11.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 7.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 12.00 / 15
Total Score 49.50 / 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

Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides more than ten years of State Report Cards and District Report Cards, which contain operating per pupil expenditure data, but fail to provide total per pupil expenditures. Missouri is missing the most recent year of per pupil expenditures. Missouri 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 Operating Operating
Credit Half Credit Half Credit
Years of Data 10+ years 10+ years
Score 5 / 10 5 / 10 10 / 20
Most Recent Year 2010-11 2010-11
Score 4 / 10 4 / 10 8 / 20
Historical Comparison Included* Included*
Score 0.75 / 2.5 0.75 / 2.5 1.5 / 5
Total 19.5 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Missouri provides ten years of Finance Data and Statistics Summary for All Districts reports, which contain total expenditure data at the summary level only. Missouri is missing the most recent year of expenditures and fails to provide any data on capital expenditures, 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 2010-11 2010-11
Score 2 / 2.5 2 / 2.5 4 / 5
Total 11 / 30

Average Salary Data

Missouri provides more than five years of average salary data for teachers and administrators only through the 2011–12 school year. Data on average employee benefits are not provided.

Average Salary Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Categories Covered Teachers and administrators Teachers and administrators
Score 1 / 1.5 1 / 1.5 2 / 3
Employee Benefits None None
Score 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 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 7 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website is somewhat difficult for a layperson to navigate. There is a link to “School Finance” under the “Financial & Admin. Services” dropdown box on the main menu, but the expenditure data is not located there, nor at the “Financial Reports” or “Data & Reports” links on the menu bar. To locate the expenditure data, the user must click on the “School Statistics” link under the “Data System Management” dropdown box on the menu bar at the main page, then click on either “Quick Facts” or “Guided Inquiry” on the upper menu bar and select “District & School Info.” (Note: While the pages look nearly identical, they lead to different sets of reports.) The former leads to the Finance Data and Statistics Summary reports and the latter leads to the State Report Card and District Report Cards.

Ease of Public Analysis: Missouri’s expenditure data are provided in HTML and are exportable to PDF, Excel spreadsheets, and other formats. The reports occasionally contain jargon that might confuse a layperson such as “average current expenditure per ADA” rather than “per pupil expenditures”.

Public Accessibility
Category Metric Score
Navigation 3 points: Somewhat difficult for a layperson to locate the desired data. Moderate design flaws that somewhat inhibit navigability. 3 / 5
Ease of Public Analysis Format: HTML, exportable as PDF, Excel spreadsheets, etc.

Deductions for: Use of jargon that the public cannot be reasonably expected to understand (minus 1 point)
9 / 10
Total 12 /15

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