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 better that 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 Orange County performing?
In 2015, school districts in Orange County spent about $22,100 per student, roughly $500 less than the state (excluding NYC) figure. School spending has grown considerably at both the local and the state levels as per-student spending has increased 53% in Orange County since 2000, even after adjusting for inflation. Spending per student in Orange in 2015 was lower than both Ulster ($24,400) and Dutchess ($22,300) counties.
School districts with the highest per-pupil spending were Kiryas Joel ($77,400), Tuxedo ($31,200), and Highland Falls ($28,600). The lowest spending districts were Cornwall ($19,800) and Goshen ($19,500).
Notes about the data
Figures have been adjusted to 2015 dollars. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the second quarter.