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

New York

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 36.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 27.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 8.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 8.50 / 15
Total Score 79.50 / 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 York’s State Education Department provides more than ten years of School District Fiscal Profiles. These reports contain total per pupil expenditure data. New York is missing the most recent year of per pupil expenditures and 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 2010–11 2010–11
Score 8 / 10 8 / 10 16 / 20
Historical Comparison None None
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0 / 5
Total 36 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

New York provides more than ten years of total expenditure data, including capital expenditures and pensions. Total salary expenditures, including benefits, are available for teachers only. New York is missing the most recent year of expenditures.

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 Summary (teachers only) with Benefits Summary (teachers only) with Benefits
Score 1 / 2 1/ 2 2 / 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 2010-11 2010-11
Score 2 / 2.5 2 / 2.5 4 / 5
Total 27 / 30

Average Salary Data

New York provides more than five years of Salary Percentiles for Full-Time Classroom Teachers reports and Salary Percentiles for Full-Time Professional Personnel by Professional Field reports, which contain 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 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 8 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: New York’s State Education Department website is somewhat difficult for a layperson to navigate. Pages are cluttered with numerous options that sound as though they would lead to the desired data (e.g., “State Aid,” “Analysis of School District Finances”) but do not. The upper menu bar on the homepage contains a link to “Finance & Business” which includes a link to the “Policy & Analysis” page. The School District Fiscal Profiles reports are located in the menu on the left side of the page.

To obtain average salary data, the user must select the “Index A–Z” just above the upper menu bar on the homepage, then click on “Information and Reporting Services.” The “Report Cards” link on the left-side menu bar leads to a page with a “Teacher & Professional Staff Data” link on the same left-side menu bar. The Salary Percentiles for Full-Time Classroom Teachers reports and Salary Percentiles for Full-Time Professional Personnel by Professional Field reports are contained in the links to several “Personnel Master File Standard Statistical Runs,” which are arranged by year on that page.

Ease of Public Analysis: New York’s financial data are provided in Excel spreadsheets only, which limits the readability of the data. The Excel spreadsheets are not clearly titled. Instructions to read the column headings are provided in a separate page on the website.

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: (minus 2.5 points) Expenditure data: Excel spreadsheets only Average salary: PDF only

Deductions for: Excel files are not clearly titled (minus 2 points)

5.5 / 10
Total 8.5 / 15

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