What does this measure?
Total spending by school districts in a county, divided by total pupils.
Why is this important?
High spending for schools can mean that better facilities, programs and a greater range of opportunities are available to students. It may also signal public support for education and a more experienced teaching workforce. However, studies have found higher spending does not necessarily lead to higher student achievement, given the many factors that contribute to student success, including parental and community influences.
How is Dutchess County performing?
In 2015, school districts in Dutchess County spent $22,300 per student, about $200 less than the state (excluding NYC) figure. School spending has grown considerably since 2000, even after adjusting for inflation, with spending up 58% in Dutchess. Per-student spending in Dutchess has consistently been the lowest among the counties in the region, and in 2015 was $260 below Orange and $2,000 below Ulster.
The Pine Plains District had the greatest spending per pupil, $30,200, in 2015, followed by Millbrook, Pawling, Spackenkill, and Rhinebeck (all between $28,000 and $29,000). The lowest spending districts were Beacon ($20,900) and Wappingers ($18,200).
Notes about the data
Figures have been adjusted to 2015 dollars. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter.