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South Carolina2020-10-26T16:47:54+00:00

SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina published FY19 school-by-school spending data on their report card. Located in the “School Environment” section, the financial data is broken out by source of funds, personnel and non-personnel costs and, where feasible, compares the spending data to FY18. The Financial Data page also includes information about the percent of students in poverty and the average teacher and administrator salaries. The South Carolina report card includes a feature that allows you to compare spending data for up to three schools across the state. The overview page of the district report card also includes a narrative section describing the accomplishments and goals of the district. Explore South Carolina’s spending data below or access the report card HERE and the statewide data files HERE.

WHAT YOU CAN LEARN FROM THE REPORT CARD ABOUT PER SCHOOL SPENDING

OTHER QUESTIONS TO ASK & HOW TO FIND THE ANSWERS

The South Carolina report card does not provide a way to directly compare spending for all schools in a district. However, the Data Files page of the South Carolina report card contains downloadable data files which include spending for all schools in the state. To access this information, click on “Report Card Additional Info 2018-2019”, go to the “Financial Data Page” tab and filter by comparison district(s). The results should yield a comparison such as this:

South Carolina published a downloadable file containing school spending, disaggregated by source of funds, for each school in the state. Use this to calculate state and district average per-pupil spending. To access the file for FY 19 spending data, click on the “Report Card Additional Info 2018-2019” file located on the Data Files page of the South Carolina Report Card.

The South Carolina report card does not provide a way to directly compare spending with demographics. However, South Carolina does provide downloadable excel files with demographic and financial information that can be used to conduct your own analysis. In addition, you can use the comparison feature on the report card to compare up to 3 schools across the state. However, you can only compare one indicator at a time.

I know which school(s) I want to compare.

The compare feature of the report card allows you to compare up to three schools across the state. Use this to compare demographic and financial information. To compare more than three schools go to the Data Files page of the South Carolina report card and download the data files to conduct your analysis. Financial data and percent of students in poverty are located in the “Report Card Additional Info 2018-2019” data file in the financial tab. An example of an analysis using the downloadable file is below.

I do not know which schools I want to compare.

Use the Data Files page of the South Carolina report card to identify comparison schools. Financial data and percent of students in poverty are located in the “Report Card Additional Info 2018-2019” data file in the financial tab. Use this file to identify demographically similar schools and their spending data.

The South Carolina report card does not provide a way to directly compare spending with outcomes and demographics. However, South Carolina does provide downloadable excel files with demographic, outcomes, and financial information that can be used to conduct your own analysis. In addition, you can use the comparison feature on the report card to compare up to 3 schools across the state. However, you can only compare one indicator at a time.

I know which school(s) I want to compare.

The compare feature of the report card allows you to compare up to three schools across the state. Use this to compare demographic, outcomes, and financial information. To compare more than three schools go to the Data Files page of the South Carolina report card and download the data files to conduct your analysis. Financial data, percent of students in poverty, as well as college and career readiness and graduation data are located in the “Report Card Additional Info 2018-2019” data file. To access outcomes data for indicators in the accountability system, such as proficiency data and chronic absenteeism, click on “Report Card Data for Researchers 2018-2019.”

I do not know which schools I want to compare.

Use the Data Files page of the South Carolina report card to identify comparison schools. Financial data, percent of students in poverty, as well as college and career readiness and graduation data are located in the “Report Card Additional Info 2018-2019” data file. Use this file to identify demographically similar schools and their spending data. Then, download the “Report Card Data for Researchers 2018-2019” data file to access outcomes data for your comparison schools. This file contains proficiency, growth, chronic absenteeism, and other accountability-based outcomes data.

South Carolina does not break out spending by service

MORE ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA

The Financial Data page of the South Carolina Department of Education website contains links to data manuals, accounting handbooks, and a FAQ document about South Carolina’s spending. In addition, you can access FY 18 school-by-school spending data for all schools in the state by clicking on the “Fiscal Year 2018 ESSA Report Card by Data By Location” file.

South Carolina is also seeking feedback on the report card. To submit comments, click on the “Take the Report Card Survey” on the homepage of the report card website.