ECS Formula

The New ECS Formula is Now Being Implemented

The Education Cost Sharing (ECS) formula is the method the State of Connecticut has established to distribute approximately $2 billion in state education funding to local public school districts.

After years of not faithfully using an ECS formula and instead funding local public schools through block grants, in October 2017, the Connecticut General Assembly passed a new ECS formula as part of the state’s biennial budget for fiscal years 2018 and 2019. This ECS formula began being implemented in fiscal year 2019 and includes a 10-year phase-in/out schedule for district full funding. Fiscal year 2021 (the current fiscal year) marks the third year of the ECS formula's phase-in/out.

Click here for an infographic detailing the ECS formula and its components

This section provides a look into the various components of the ECS formula, and how they impact students, schools, and communities. To learn more about a specific component of the ECS formula, click on one of the links below.

Additionally, use the links below to learn more about the ECS formula and how it funds Connecticut's local public school districts.