Spending & Performance
Learn more about Next Generation Accountability System and Connecticut's other student performance measures
An important piece of any education funding conversation is student performance. Student performance is impacted by a number of different factors, including, but certainly not limited to, how much funding a district receives and how a district uses its funding and resources to support students and their learning needs.
Use the visualizations below to explore how a district's per-student spending compares with its student performance as measured by Connecticut's Next Generation Accountability System. The Next Generation Accountability System is comprised of 12 indicators that seek to quantify how well a district or school is preparing its students for college, careers, and life. The indicators are used to generate a score, which is reflected in the visualizations below as a percentage of the total possible points a district or school could earn.
To select a district, use the dropdown menu on the left. In addition to the selected district, three comparison districts will also appear on the first visualization. Hover over each dot on the graph to view the district's Accountability Index score as well as its per-student spending.
1. Each selected district's comparison districts are based on a number of factors that take into consideration each district's: student population, community needs and wealth, geographical location, grades served, and district structure (ex. regional school district). To better compare districts' student populations and community needs, District Reference Group (DRG) placement was used as one factor in identifying comparison districts.
2. Due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) requested, and was granted, a waiver from federal accountability requirements for the 2019-20 school year by the U.S. Department of Education. This waiver halted the release of the 2019-20 Next Generation Accountability Index that is produced by the CSDE. For this reason, the data in the above visualizations is from the 2018-19 school year.