ERIC Number: ED310540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Recommendations for Improving the National Education Fiscal Database. Education Data Improvement Project.
Clements, Barbara S.; And Others
A summary of recommendations for improving the fiscal data portion of the Center for Education Statistics' Common Core of Data includes a discussion of the issues surrounding each recommendation. The following actions are recommended: (1) revenues and expenditures should include a breakdown of function by funds, and further detail should be included under revenue sources and functions; (2) all states should adhere to the definitions and classifications in the guide called "Handbook 2R2"; (3) universe counts of students in traditional and nontraditional programs should continue to be disaggregated; and (4) the routine uses of the Common Core of Data should be prominently published for persons responsible for completion and use of the forms. More discussion is recommended in regard to the elements of current expenditures, the definitions of average daily attendance, and the appropriateness of the current per-pupil expenditure formula with the goal of producing a comparable definition of per-pupil expenditure to be used for state-by-state comparisons. In addition, staffing studies of average teacher salary, average administrator salary, and compositions of the benefits package state by state need to be completed prior to making additional recommendations about fiscal elements related to staff. The appendices contain a list of Common Core of Data coordinators, the form presently used by states to report revenues and expenditures, and a revenue matrix and an expenditure matrix. (MLF)
Descriptors: Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Expenditure per Student, Expenditures, Federal State Relationship, Financial Audits, Improvement, Numeric Databases, Public Schools, Salaries, School Accounting, School Funds, School Statistics, State Departments of Education, State School District Relationship
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for Education Statistics (ED/OERI), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington, DC.