Financial Data Elements
This page contains
various school district financial data elements calculated by or reported to the
Department of Education. Other data elements not listed below are available as
part of the files on the Summaries of AFR Data pages.
Aid ratio is the general term for
three numerical values -- market value aid ratio (MV AR), personal income aid
ratio (PI AR), and market value/personal income aid ratio (MV/PI AR) --
calculated in accordance with Section 2501(14) and (14.1) of the School
Code. Various state subsidies use aid ratios in their calculations. The
MV/PI AR represents the relative wealth (market value and income), in relation
to the state average, for each pupil in a school district.
The MV AR
is used in the following subsidies: Pupil Transportation Subsidy and Authority Rentals and Sinking Fund Requirements;
the MV/PI AR is used in all other state subsidies that require an aid ratio. In
addition, the MV/PI AR is used in the calculation of the Act
1 adjusted index for each school district.
The permanent Capital
Account Reimbursement Fraction (CARF) is used in the Authority Rentals and
Sinking Fund Requirements Subsidy.
Average Daily Membership
Average daily membership (ADM) is the term used for all resident pupils of the school district for whom the school district is financially responsible. It is calculated by dividing the aggregate days membership for all children on active rolls by the number of days the school district is in session.
Weighted average daily membership (WADM) is the term used for the assignment of weight by grade level to ADM. The current weighting is half-time kindergarten at 0.5, full-time kindergarten and elementary (grades 1-6) at 1.0, and secondary (grades 7-12) at 1.36.
These files contain the following data elements and rankings combined into one report: MV/PI AR, WADM, ADM, equalized mills, population per square mile, actual instruction expense per WADM, and total expenditures per ADM.
These files reflect personal income for residents of the school district, excluding out-of-state income, as reported on the PA-40 income tax return. Data is certified to PDE by the Department of Revenue.
Real Estate Tax Rates
These are rates assessed on the taxable value of real property in each school district. The data in the files below represent the property tax rates for each school district by county and/or municipality. These values are taken from the General Fund Budget that all districts file with the Department. Other tax rates, such as municipal rates and those levied pursuant to Act 511, can be found in the DCED Tax Register.
For additional information, please contact:
Benjamin Hanft | Division of Subsidy Data and Administration
Pennsylvania Department of Education - Bureau of Budget and Fiscal Management
333 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333