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

New Mexico

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 40.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 30.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 8.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 15.00 / 15
Total Score 93.00 / 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

New Mexico’s Public Education Department provides more than ten years of Stat Books up to the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain total per pupil expenditure data. New Mexico 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 Per Pupil Expenditures 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 None None
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0 / 5
Total 40 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

New Mexico provides more than ten years of very detailed Expenditures by Object Code reports (in the Stat Books), which contain total expenditure data, including capital expenditures and pension data through the 2011–12 school year. Total salary expenditures, including benefits, are available at the summary and object levels.

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 Object / Summary with Benefits Object / Summary with Benefits
Score 2 / 2 2 / 2 4 / 4
Pension Data Included Included
Score 2 / 2 2 / 2 4 / 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 30 / 30

Average Salary Data

New Mexico provides more than five years of average salary data for teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff 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, administrators, and non-teaching staff Teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff
Score 1.5 / 1.5 1.5 / 1.5 3 / 3
Employee Benefits No No
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 8 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: New Mexico’s Public Education Department website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains an “A-Z Directory” which includes the “School Budget and Finance Analysis Bureau” where the Stat Books are located.

Ease of Public Analysis: New Mexico’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 spreadsheet and PDF

10 / 10
Total 15 / 15

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