Quality Counts 2018: School Finance Report & Rankings

A Deeper Look Into K-12 Funding Pipeline

Education Week puts the nation’s K-12 finance performance under the microscope in the second installment of Quality Counts 2018. This data-driven special report focuses on the money that keeps thousands of school districts afloat—how much gets spent, how it’s divvied up, and how states compare with each other in paying for a K-12 public education.

Despite some bright spots on key indicators and high-performers among individual states, the nation takes home a C on school finance overall. This report unpacks what’s behind that middling grade and the headwinds states face in assuring enough resources get to the right places for the nation’s students.

For this year's first installment of Quality Counts on how the nation and states fared on a broad range of K-12 categories, including school finance, click here. For our third and final installment of Quality Counts 2018 on how states rank on academic achievement and on students' chance for success, click here.

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This special Quality Counts report on school finance digs into how much the nation and the states spend on K-12 and how equitably that public education money is distributed.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week

Take a look behind the numbers in Education Week's latest analysis of K-12 finance across the nation and just what a grade of C means.
June 6, 2018 – Quality Counts

School finance experts and civil rights advocates increasingly focus on how school aid is distributed under state funding formulas, not simply on funding levels.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week

Regional economics, tax-averse voters, and other factors complicate the picture for policymakers aiming resources at K-12.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week

Examine the grades and scores that states earned on school funding and equity in Quality Counts 2018: Finance with this interactive map, grade-summary table, and top-to-bottom ranking.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week

Each state's Quality Counts 2018 school finance grade includes a tally for per-pupil spending adjusted for regional cost differences, capturing factors like teacher and staff salaries, classroom spending, and administration.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week

The Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Reports capture the key data you need to assess your state's performance, including on school funding and equity. (National report available as well.)
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts

Here's a quick and easy guide to the grading scale and each of the indicators that go into making up the 50-state grades for school finance.
June 6, 2018 – Education Week

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