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

Tennessee

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 20.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 22.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 8.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 15.00 / 15
Total Score 65.00 / 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

Tennessee’s Department of Education provides more than ten years of Annual Statistical Reports up to the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain operating per pupil expenditure data, but fail to provide total per pupil expenditures. Tennessee 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 Operating Operating
Credit Half Credit Half Credit
Years of Data 10+ years 10+ years
Score 5 / 10 5 / 10 10 / 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 20 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Tennessee’s Department of Education provides more than ten years of Annual Statistical Reports up to the 2011–12 school year. The reports contain operating per pupil expenditure data, but fail to provide total per pupil expenditures. Tennessee fails to provide a table or graph that would allow citizens to easily compare changes in per pupil expenditures over time.

Total Expenditure Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Total Expenditures Object / Summary Object / Summary
Score 4 / 4 4 / 4 8 / 8
Capital Expenditures Separate Separate
Score 1 / 2 1 / 2 2 / 4
Total Salary Data Object / Summary, No Benefits Object / Summary, No Benefits
Score 1 / 2 1 / 2 2 / 4
Pension Data None None
Score 0 / 2 0 / 2 0 / 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 22 / 30

Average Salary Data

Tennessee 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 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: Tennessee’s Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains a link to “Data, Testing & Report Card” which includes a link to the “Reports & Additional Resources” page where the Annual Statistical Reports are located.

Ease of Public Analysis: Tennessee’s financial data are provided in Excel spreadsheets, HTML 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 or HTML

10 / 10
Total 15 / 15

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