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

Vermont

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 19.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 23.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 6.00 / 10
Public Accessibility 12.50 / 15
Total Score 60.50 / 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

Vermont’s Department of Education provides ten years of Summary of the Annual Statistical Reports of Schools (SASRS) Reports. The reports contain operating per pupil expenditure data, but fail to provide total per pupil expenditures. Vermont is missing the most recent year of per pupil expenditures. Vermont provides a table that allows citizens to compare changes in per pupil expenditures over time, though the figures are limited to seven years up to 2009-10 and they are not adjusted for inflation.

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 2010-11 2010-11
Score 4 / 10 4 / 10 8 / 20
Historical Comparison Included* Included*
Score 0.5 / 2.5 0.5 / 2.5 1 / 5
Total 19 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Vermont provides more than ten years of total expenditure data, including capital expenditures. Total salary expenditures, including benefits, are available at the summary level only. Vermont is missing the most recent year of expenditures and fails to provide pension data.

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 with Benefits Summary with 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 2010-11 2010-11
Score 2 / 2.5 2 / 2.5 4 / 5
Total 23 / 30

Average Salary Data

Vermont provides more than five years of Teacher/Staff Full-Time Equivalency (FTE) & Salary Reports, which contain average salary data for teachers, only 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 Teachers
Score 0.5 / 1.5 0.5 / 1.5 1 / 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 6 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: Vermont’s Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The homepage contains a link to “School Data and Reports” on the left-hand menu which contains the Summary of the Annual Statistical Reports of Schools (SASRS).

Ease of Public Analysis: Vermont’s financial data are provided in both Excel spreadsheets and PDF format except for the two most recent years, which
are provided in PDF format only, limiting the ability of users to analyze the data. Furthermore, the PDFs do not have page numbers, which limits the value of the table of contents and makes finding data time-consuming.

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; most recent two years in PDF only (minus 0.5 points)

Deductions for: Long report without page numbers (minus 2 points)

 

7.5 / 10
Total 12.5 / 15

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