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District Per-student Spending for 2016-17

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The Connecticut State Department of Education recently released preliminary net current expenditures per pupil (NCEP) data for 2016-17. The NCEP data are the state's official per-pupil spending amounts for Connecticut school districts. The new data is available at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/dgm/report1/basiccon.pdf.

Additionally, our team has created an analysis of the changes between the 2016-17 NCEP amounts and the 2015-16 NCEP amounts. This analysis also takes a look at how average daily membership (ADM) has changed for districts between 2015-16 and 2016-17. The full analysis is available for download at http://ctschoolfinance.org/assets/uploads/files/2015-16-2016-17-NCEP-Comparison.xlsx.

We have also pulled out some key findings from the new data that may be of interest to you.

NCEP Key Findings

  • The statewide NCEP average increased from $16,259 in 2015-16 to $16,576 in 2016-17.* This is an increase of $317 or 1.9%.
  • Among Connecticut's school districts, spending now ranges from $12,742 per pupil in Danbury to $36,080 in Cornwall. This is a difference of $23,338 per pupil.
  • The district with the largest increase in spending in terms of dollars was Cornwall, where per-pupil spending increased by $5,887, or 19.5%.
  • The district with the largest decline in spending in terms of dollars was Voluntown, where per-pupil spending decreased by $1,635, or -8.4%.
  • 28 Connecticut districts saw their NCEP amounts decrease from 2015-16 to 2016-17, including Connecticut’s three largest school districts.
    • Bridgeport’s spending per pupil decreased by $157 to $14,186, while New Haven’s per-pupil spending decreased $212 to $18,036 and Hartford’s spending per pupil decreased by $175 to $19,138.

ADM Key Findings

  • Total statewide daily membership declined by 3,402 students (-0.6%) from 526,570 in 2015-16 to 523,168 students in 2016-17.
  • Average daily membership ranges from 21,336 in Hartford to 100 in Union.
  • The district with the largest increase in its ADM in terms of number of students was New Haven, which experienced an increase of 279 students (1.5%).
  • The district with the largest decline in its ADM in terms of number of students was Milford, which experienced a decrease of 233 students (-3.7%).


* 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.