State Education Department

Oversight of School Districts' Non-Instructional Activities (Follow-Up Review)

School districts in New York State spend billions of dollars annually on non-instructional activities such as administration, transportation and maintenance. In our prior audit report 95-S-108, we examined the State Education Department's oversight of these activities. We found that, even though Department staff collected data from the districts about these activities, they did not analyze this data to obtain indicators of the relative cost-effectiveness of the districts' non-instructional activities or provide feedback to the districts about how and where improvements could be made. In our follow-up review, we found that Department officials have begun to perform this type of analysis and provide this type of feedback. However, additional actions are needed if our prior recommendations are to be fully implemented.

For a complete copy of Report 98-F-47 click here.