Illinois publishes detailed school spending information for FY 19 in the “school environment” tab of the Illinois Report Card. This includes the ability to compare spending by school within a district, by demographics, and source of funds. Illinois also includes in-depth explanations about the per-pupil spending data and the ESSA requirement, as well as space for districts to provide additional information about their schools and factors that may influence the per-pupil expenditures. Explore Illinois’ spending data below, or access the report card here and find more detailed school spending information via the ISBE Data Library.
WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM THE REPORT CARD ABOUT PER SCHOOL SPENDING
OTHER QUESTIONS TO ASK & HOW TO FIND THE ANSWERS
MORE ABOUT ILLINOIS
Illinois created a brief describing the data, how it’s collected, and how it will be displayed. A press release also prompts the public to explore the data and includes questions to consider, such as: Why might schools be funded the same or differently, based on the school’s local context? Do I notice any connections between student needs, student outcomes, and expenditures? A Frequently Asked Questions page provides further guidance on navigating the report cards and invites questions or comments about the site to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II reported on the roll out of Illinois’ school spending data in “Four Things That Make This State’s ESSA School Spending Data Unique.”