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

South Dakota

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 41.50 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 30.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 7.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 14.00 / 15
Total Score 92.50 / 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

South Dakota’s Department of Education provides more than ten years of Statistical Digest reports up to the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain total per pupil expenditure data. South Dakota provides a table that allows citizens to compare changes in state-level per pupil expenditures over time, though the figures are not adjusted for inflation and are not available at the district level.

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 Included* None
Score 1.5 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 1.5 / 5
Total 41.5 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

South Dakota’s Department of Education provides more than ten years of Annual Statistical Reports through the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain total expenditure data, including capital expenditures and pensions. Total salary expenditures are available at the object and summary levels and include data on employee benefits.

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

South Dakota provides more than five years of statewide average salary data for teachers, administrators, and non-teaching staff through the 2011–12 school year. District-level average salaries are available for teachers only in the School District Profiles. 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
Score 1.5 / 1.5 0.5 / 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: South Dakota’s Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains a “Finance, Grants, and Data Management” dropdown box which includes an option called “School/Student Data” that includes a link to the Statistical Digest reports.

Ease of Public Analysis: All of South Dakota’s financial data are provided in PDF format but only the four most recent years are provided in Excel spreadsheets, which limits the ability of users to analyze the earlier data.

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 1 point)
All years of data in PDF, 4 years in Excel

9 / 10
Total 14 / 15

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