State Education Department

Oversight of School Districts' Non-Instructional Activities

School districts in New York State spend billions of dollars annually on non-instructional activities such as administration, transportation and maintenance. We examined the Department's oversight of these activities and found that improvements are needed if the Department is to help the districts improve the cost-effectiveness of these activities. Department staff spend much of their time routinely processing and reviewing data from the districts. They do not analyze this data to obtain indicators of the relative cost-effectiveness of non-instructional activities, or to provide feedback to the districts about how and where improvements can be made. We recommend the Department take several actions that could help districts improve their cost-effectiveness, including using more automated systems and sharing the efficient practices of one district with other districts.

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