Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Teachers - Number of Days Shorter, Day Length Longer

Data collected by KASB shows that since 1998, the number of days in a teacher’s annual contract has decreased by approximately 10 days, and the average length of each of those days has increased by approximately 10 minutes.  


According to data collected via KASB’s annual Teacher Contract Details and Teacher Negotiation Settlement Surveys, the average number of days in a teacher’s contract has decreased from 187.23 in 1998 to 178.78 in 2016, as shown in the following graph:




However, during that same time, the length of teachers’ contract days has increased from 7 hours and 52 minutes to 8 hours, as shown in the following graph:




When you combined the data from the two charts above, you come up with the total contract hours for teachers.  This shows that total teacher hours have decreased an average of almost 40 hours since 1998 (from 1471 to 1432), as shown in the following graph.  




And finally, the number of days off for teachers has to be considered.  As the graph below shows, from 1998 to 2016, the total number of vacation, sick, and personal days available to teachers has increased by approximately 5.5 days.  




What does this data tell us?  It tells us that since 1998,
  • Total contract days for teachers has decreased by almost 10 days.  
  • Time per day for teachers has increased by almost 10 minutes.
  • Total contract hours for teachers has decreased by almost 40 hours.
  • The total for teacher vacation, sick, and personal days has increased by over 5 days.  


For more details on teacher contracts and other school district data, visit kasb.org/research.  

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kansas Administrative Costs Consistent Over the Past Decade

There have been recent comments in the media regarding the drastic increases in administrative costs in Kansas public schools.  KASB went to KSDE's current operating expenditure summary data to confirm or deny the following statement:  "Administrative costs are increasing dramatically in Kansas schools."

You can find the summary table here, but below are some key points:
  • From 2005 to 2015
    • Spending on instruction increased almost $875 million; which is a 40.2% increase. 
    • Spending on administration increased $78 million; which is a 23.6% increase.
    • The percent spent on administration has decreased from 9.2% to 8.2%.  If Kansas was still spending 9.2% of the total expenditures on administration in 2015, we would be diverting an additional $49,636,603 away from the classroom.
    • Per pupil spending on instruction increased $1,660; which is a 33.7% increase.
    • Per pupil spending on administration increased $134; which is a 17.9% increase.
    • The percent spent on instruction has increased from 60.4% to 61.1%. 
Below is a chart showing the total expenditures by year and category.


The bottom blue area represents instruction spending, following by support services for staff and pupils in red and green, then general and school administration in purple and blue.

Note that the lines for general and school administration have remained largely consistent over this time period.  

The graph below shows the expenditures on a per-pupil basis.  


The per-pupil graph looks very similar to the total cost graph; the amounts spent for general and school administration have been very consistent since 2005.  Therefore, based on this information, it seems safe to say that the statement "Administrative costs are increasing dramatically in Kansas schools" is false.

For more information, visit kasb.org/research.