Financial Transparency and Reporting Resources

Building State Capacity & Productivity Center partner Edunomics Lab has received Department of Education funding to develop products, resources, and tools to help guide and support SEAs and LEAs in the efforts on meeting the financial requirements in ESSA.

The following resources have been develop to assist SEAs in their individual efforts to increase financial transparency.

Getting Started

In our work with 22 SEAs, we have found that school-level per-pupil expenditure data availability and access at the state-agency level varies widely from state to state, and even the most robust data systems need adjustments to meet the requirement or even better go beyond to inform system improvements. After conducting one-on-one interviews with individuals representing the 22 SEAs, we concluded that most states will fall into one of four buckets in terms of data readiness. Using this framework states can identify their own data readiness.

Financial Transparency Requirement in the Every Student Succeeds Act


Marguerite Roza, Director of Edunomics Lab and BSCP Center partner, outlines the ways in which states might inventory existing financial data and shares potential action steps that states may take to prepare for the ESSA financial transparency requirement.

Webinar: Financial Transparency 101

Videos: Equity & Financial Transparency

Learn more: contact Katie Hagan at

  • Watch Per-Pupil Expenditure: Data and Advocacy Groups

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    Per-Pupil Expenditure Data and Advocacy Groups: Sharonne Navas of the Equity in Education Coalition in explains why per pupil expenditure data will be an important tool for the advocacy community.

  • Watch Per-Pupil Expenditures: Technical Challenges & Historical Perspective

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    Per-Pupil Expenditures: Technical Challenges & Historical Perspective: Sheara Krvaric of the Federal Education Group explains the big picture equity, and provides examples of prior Department of Education accounting requirements.

  • Watch Equity in Financial Transparency: A State Perspective

    Equity in Financial Transparency: A State Perspective: Donna Nester from the MS Department of Education and David Blowman from the DE Department of Education share their thoughts from a state perspective on the importance of communications and how stakeholders will perceive the financial transparency.

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  • Watch Using Student-Based Allocation to Improve Equity

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    Using Student-Based Allocation to Improve Equity: Weston Young from Indianapolis Public Schools explains how his district is using SBA to facilitate more equitable distribution of resources among schools.

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