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Local Public School District Net Current Expenditures Per Pupil (CT State Department of Education)

Jan 21, 2021

This resource features data from the Connecticut State Department of Education detailing per-student spending from 2007-20 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 May Payment

Comparison Between Net Current Expenditures per Pupil (NCEP) for 2018-19 and 2019-20

An analysis of how the NCEP data for 2018-19 compare to the NCEP data for 2019-20 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 2018-19 and 2019-20. Below are some key findings from the analysis.

NCEP Key Findings

  • The statewide NCEP average increased from $17,438 in 2018-19 to $17,748 in 2019-20* This is an increase of $310, or 1.8%.
  • Among Connecticut's school districts, spending now ranges from $12,772 per student in Danbury to $41,996 in Sharon. This is a difference of nearly $29,224 per student.
  • 29 Connecticut districts saw their NCEP amounts decrease from 2018-19 to 2019-20.
  • The district with the largest increase in spending in terms of dollars was Sharon, where per-student spending increased by $5,207, or 14.2%. Sprague had the largest percentage increase in spending with an increase of 16.1%.
  • The district with the largest decline in spending in terms of dollars and overall percentage was Bozrah, where per-student spending decreased by $2,218, or 9.4%.

ADM Key Findings

  • Total statewide daily membership declined by 3,946 students from 512,757 students in 2018-19 to 507,078 in 2019-20.
  • Average daily membership ranges from 19,879 in Bridgeport to 82 in Union.
  • The district with the largest increase in its ADM in terms of number of students was Stamford, which experienced an increase of 526 students (3.4%).
  • The district with the largest percentage increase in its ADM was Salem, which experienced an increase of 4.3%, or 26 students.
  • The district with the largest decline in its ADM in terms of number of students was Hartford, which experienced a decrease of 713 students (-3.5%).
  • The district with the largest percentage decrease in its ADM was Norfolk, which experienced a decrease of 19%, or 36 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 for Most Recent NCEP Numbers and Analysis

Connecticut State Department of Education. (2021). 2019-20 Net Current Expenditures (NCE) per Pupil (NCEP) and 2020-21 Special Education Excess Cost Grant Basic Contributions for the May Grant. Hartford, CT: Author. Retrieved from http://ctschoolfinance.org/resources/uploads/files/2019-20-Net-Current-Expenditures-Per-Pupil.pdf.

School and State Finance Project. (2021). Comparison Between Net Current Expenditures per Pupil (NCEP) for 2018-19 and 2019-20. New Haven, CT: Author. Available from http://ctschoolfinance.org/resources/local-school-district-ncep.

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