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

New Hampshire

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 30.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 10.50 / 30
Average Salary Data 7.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 15.00 / 15
Total Score 62.50 / 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

New Hampshire’s Department of Education provides more than ten years of Cost Per Pupil by District reports up to the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain statewide total per pupil expenditure data and district-level operating per pupil expenditures, but fail to provide district-level total per pupil expenditures. New Hampshire 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 Total Operating
Credit Full Credit Half Credit
Years of Data 10+ years 10+ years
Score 10 / 10 5 / 10 15 / 20
Most Recent Year 2011-12 2011-12
Score 10 / 10 5 / 10 15 / 20
Historical Comparison None None
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0/ 5
Total 30 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

New Hampshire provides more than ten years of State Average Cost Per Pupil and Total Expenditures reports, which contain statewide total expenditure data, including capital expenditures. New Hampshire is missing the most recent year of expenditures and fails to provide statewide total salary or pension data or any district-level expenditure data.

Total Expenditure Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Total Expenditures Object / Summary None
Score 4 / 4 0 / 4 4 / 8
Capital Expenditures Included None
Score 2 / 2 0 / 2 2 / 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 n / a
Score 2.5 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 2.5 / 5
Most Recent Year 2010-11 n / a
Score 2 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 2 / 5
Total 10.5 / 30

Average Salary Data

New Hampshire provides more than five years of Teacher Average Salary reports, which contain average salary data for public school teachers through the 2011–12 school year. The Administration Salary reports provide actual salaries for all superintendents, assistant superintendents and business administrators throughout the state. 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

Navigability: New Hampshire’s Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage provides a link to “Data Collection & Reports” which contains link to “Financial Reports” and “Staffing and Salary Reports.” The former includes the Cost Per Pupil By District reports and the State Average Cost Per Pupil and Total Expenditures reports. Average salary data are located in the latter page.

Ease of Public Analysis:  New Hampshire’s financial data are provided in both Excel spreadsheets and PDF format.

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: Excel spreadsheets and PDF 10 / 10
Total 15/15

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