Quality of Financial Reporting of Washington State School Districts: Results from a Population-Wide Analysis of Audited Financial Reports
15 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2015
Date Written: March 25, 2015
We examined the population of audited financial reports from all of Washington State’s 292 School Districts via the State Auditor’s Office. We found that 19 percent of school districts do not produce audited financial statements, and an additional 34 percent have problems ranging from relatively minor to severe. Of the remainder, 46 percent are generally compliant, yet only one percent of school districts produce disclosures that fully comply with generally accepted accounting standards (GAAP). This rate and quality of disclosures is significantly less and of lower quality than many other systems of financial reporting. The current reporting system appears to have significant flaws.
Keywords: School Districts, Auditing, Public Finance, Accounting History, Transparency
JEL Classification: H89, I22, I28
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