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Connecticut Local Public School District Spending Per Student

State Government Data

Data from the Connecticut State Department of Education detailing per-student spending from 2014-18 for each Connecticut local public school district. The data includes:

  • Net Current Expenditures (NCE) per Pupil (NCEP)
  • Special Education Excess Cost Grant Basic Contributions for the February Payment
Comparison Between Net Current Expenditures per Pupil (NCEP) for 2016-17 and 2017-18

The NCEP data are the State of Connecticut's official per-pupil spending amounts for local public school districts. An analysis of how the NCEP data for 2016-17 compare to the NCEP data for 2017-18 is available for download by clicking the second button on the right. The analysis also includes a look at how average daily membership (ADM) has changed for districts between 2016-17 and 2017-18. Below are some key findings from the analysis.

NCEP Key Findings

  • The statewide NCEP average increased from $16,592 in 2016-17 to $16,988 in 2017-18.* This is an increase of $396, or 2.4%.
  • Among Connecticut's school districts, spending now ranges from $12,828 per student in Danbury to $35,155 in Cornwall. This is a difference of $22,327 per student.
  • 30 Connecticut districts saw their NCEP amounts decrease from 2016-17 to 2017-18.
  • The district with the largest increase in spending in terms of dollars was Regional School District 6 (Goshen, Morris, Warren), where per-student spending increased by $4,456, or 22.0%. Regional School District 6 also had the largest percentage increase in spending.
  • The district with the largest decline in spending in terms of dollars was Cornwall, where per-student spending decreased by $1,021, or 2.8%.
  • The district with the largest percentage decline in spending was Ledyard, where per-student spending decreased by 6.2%, or $963.

ADM Key Findings

  • Total statewide daily membership declined by 6,441 students (-1.2%) from 523,144 students in 2016-17 to 516,703 in 2017-18.
  • Average daily membership ranges from 20,740 in Bridgeport to 90 in Union.
  • The district with the largest increase in its ADM in terms of number of students was Norwalk, which experienced an increase of 217 students (1.9%).
  • The district with the largest percentage increase in its ADM was Colebrook, which experienced an increase of 4.5%, or eight students.
  • The district with the largest decline in its ADM in terms of number of students was Hartford, which experienced a decrease of 836 students (-3.9%).
  • The district with the largest percentage decrease in its ADM was Hampton, which experienced a decrease of 14.9%, or 26 students.

* To normalize for differences in average daily membership between districts, the statewide average NCEP is properly calculated by dividing total statewide net current expenditures by total statewide average daily membership, not by averaging the NCEP of all districts.

Citations

Connecticut State Department of Education. (2019). 2017-18 Net Current Expenditures (NCE) per Pupil (NCEP) and 2018-19 Special Education Excess Cost Grant. Retrieved from http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/2017-18-Net-Current-Expenditures-Per-Pupil.pdf.

Connecticut School Finance Project. (2019). Comparison Between Net Current Expenditures per Pupil (NCEP) for 2016-17 and 2017-18. Available from http://ctschoolfinance.org/data/connecticut-public-school-district-spending-per-student.

Connecticut State Department of Education. (2018). 2016-17 Net Current Expenditures Per Pupil. Retrieved from http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/2016-17-Net-Current-Expenditures-Per-Pupil.pdf.

Connecticut School Finance Project. (2017). Comparison Between Net Current Expenditures per Pupil (NCEP) for 2015-16 and 2016-17. Available from http://ctschoolfinance.org/data/connecticut-public-school-district-spending-per-student.

Connecticut State Department of Education. (2017). 2015-16 Net Current Expenditures Per Pupil. Available from http://ctschoolfinance.org/data/connecticut-public-school-district-spending-per-student.

Connecticut State Department of Education. (2016). 2014-15 Net Current Expenditures Per Pupil. Available from http://ctschoolfinance.org/data/connecticut-public-school-district-spending-per-student.

Connecticut School Finance Project. (2016). Comparison Between Net Current Expenditures per Pupil (NCEP) for 2014-15 and 2015-16. Available from http://ctschoolfinance.org/data/connecticut-public-school-district-spending-per-student.