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

Nevada

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 19.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 0.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 6.50 / 10
Public Accessibility 11.50 / 15
Total Score 37.00 / 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

Nevada’s Department of Education provides nine years of Annual Reports of Accountability up to the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain operating per pupil expenditure data, but fail to provide total per pupil expenditures. Nevada 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 PPE Operating Operating
Credit Half Credit Half Credit
Years of Data 9 years 9 years
Score 4.5 / 10 4.5 / 10 9 / 20
Most Recent Year 2011-12 2011-12
Score 5 / 10 5 / 10 10 / 20
Historical Comparison None None
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0/ 5
Total 19 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Nevada fails to provide any data regarding total expenditures, capital expenditures, total salary expenditures, or pensions.

Total Expenditure Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Total Expenditures None None
Score 0 / 4 0 / 4 0 / 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 n / a n / a
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0 / 5
Most Recent Year n / a n / a
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0 / 5
Total 0 / 30

Average Salary Data

Nevada provides three years of FY Research Bulletins, which contain average salary data for teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff. Nevada is missing average salary data for the most recent school year. Data on average employee benefits are not provided.

Average Salary Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Categories Covered Teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff Teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff
Score 1.5 / 1.5 1.5 / 1.5 3/ 3
Employee Benefits None None
Score 0 / 1 0 / 1 0 / 2
Years of Data 3 years 3 years
Score 0.75 / 1.25 0.75 / 1.25 1.5 / 2.5
Most Recent Year 2010–11 2010–11
Score 1 / 1.25 1 / 1.25 2 / 2.5
Total 6.5 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: Nevada’s Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains a link to “Data Center” which includes the Nevada Report Card (also called the Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability). Average salary data are located in the “Research Bulletin” option in the “Resources” dropdown box on the homepage menu bar.

Ease of Public Analysis: Nevada’s financial data are provided in HTML and PDF format only, which limits the ability of users to analyze the data. There are some errors in the Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability. For example, it is unlikely that 523,573,000% of Douglas County’s funding in 2011–12 came from the federal government, especially when 1,908,111,000% is reportedly state funded.

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 2.5 points)
PPE: HTML
Average Salary Data: PDF

Deductions for: Glaring errors in data reporting (minus 1 point)

6.5 / 10
Total 11.5 /15

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