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NC earns a C-minus on Quality Counts 2017

Education Week just released Quality Counts 2017, which scores and grades state public school systems based on measures grouped into three broad areas: Chance for Success, K-12 Achievement, and School Finance. North Carolina was one of 14 states to receive a C-minus and the state’s score of 70.5 tied with South Dakota for 39th outContinue Reading






Summing Up Results From TIMSS, PISA

Math results were mixed for American adolescents on two major global benchmarking tests released in recent weeks. These charts offer some highlights. Source: Summing Up Results From TIMSS, PISA






Which school districts spent more (or less) last year?

Here I go, here I go, here I go again (again?) Readers, what’s my weakness? (financial data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction!)  






Public school operating expenses totaled $12.7 billion last year

Did I mention that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction published financial data? The following is a table of current expense expenditures for the 2015-16 school year (in taxpayer dollars): Type State Federal Local Total SALARIES $5,745,652,306 $714,505,364 $1,525,082,588 $7,985,240,258 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS $1,937,086,829 $250,133,646 $474,342,145 $2,661,562,620 PURCHASED SERVICES $210,616,948 $95,976,843 $712,619,935 $1,019,213,726 SUPPLIES & MATERIALSContinue Reading






Big spenders: N.C. schools edition

Here is another blog post summarizing financial data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction! The following is a table of the ten districts with the highest average per-student expenditure during the 2015-16 school year. District State Federal Local Total Hyde County Schools $12,723.04 $1,954.50 $3,124.31 $17,801.85 Tyrrell County Schools $11,739.76 $1,887.18 $1,526.74 $15,153.68Continue Reading






NC spent an average of $9,342 per student last year

According to data published by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction (DPI), per student expenditures averaged $9,342 during the 2015-16 school year.  This includes $8,888 per student in operating expenditures and $454 in capital expenditures (calculated using a 5-year average). The year before, per student expenditures totaled $9,235.  The $107 increase in expenditures represented aContinue Reading






Charter membership (ADM) up 12%, surpasses 92,000 students

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently published key enrollment (average daily membership) figures for the 2016-17 school year.  As of the second month of the school year, 92,226 students attended a public charter school in North Carolina.  District membership stood at 1,437,082 students. How does this compare to the 2015-16 school year?  Last year,Continue Reading






K-12 spending as a percent of total state expenditures, FY 2015

Only 11 states spend a higher percentage of their state budget on K-12 education than North Carolina. In the Southeast, only Georgia spends a larger share of its budget on elementary and secondary education. Vermont: 31.8 percent Kansas: 30.2 percent Indiana: 30.0 percent Utah: 25.3 percent Michigan: 25.2 percent Minnesota: 25.1 percent Colorado: 25.0 percentContinue Reading






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