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

Virginia

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Scoring
Per Pupil Expenditures 18.00 / 45
Total Expenditure Data 22.00 / 30
Average Salary Data 6.50 / 10
Public Accessibility 15.00 / 15
Total Score 61.50 / 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

Virginia’s Department of Education provides ten years of Superintendent’s Annual Reports. The reports contain operating per pupil expenditure data, but fail to provide total per pupil expenditures. Virginia 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 Operating Operating
Credit Half Credit Half Credit
Years of Data 10 years 1+ years
Score 5 / 10 5 / 10 10 / 20
Most Recent Year 2010-11 2010-11
Score 4 / 10 4 / 10 8 / 20
Historical Comparison None None
Score 0 / 2.5 0 / 2.5 0 / 5
Total 18 / 45

Total Expenditure Data

Virginia provides ten  years of total expenditure data, including capital expenditures and fringe benefits. Virginia is missing the most recent year of expenditures and fails to provide data on total salary expenditures or pensions.

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 Benefits Only Benefits Only
Score 0.5 / 2 0.5 / 2 1 / 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 22 / 30

Average Salary Data

Virginia provides more than five years of average salary data for teachers and administrators only. Virginia is missing average salary data for the most recent school year. Data on average employee benefits are not provided.

Average Salary Data
Metric
Category State District Score
Categories Covered Teachers and administrators Teachers and administrators
Score 1 / 1.5 1 / 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 2010-11 2010-11
Score 1 / 1.25 1 / 1.25 2 / 2.5
Total 6.5 / 10

Public Accessibility

Navigation: Virginia’s Department of Education website is easy to navigate. The menu bar at the homepage contains a link to “Statistics & Reports” which includes a link to the Superintendent’s Annual Report. (While the School Finance link does not contain expenditure data, a helpful “You May Also Be Interested In” box on the right-hand side of the page leads to the relevant report.)

Ease of Public Analysis: Virginia’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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