Special Report
Quality Counts

Quality Counts 2021: School Finance

June 2, 2021
Illustration of school building and dollar symbol
Budget season isn’t any easier for school finance officials this year than it was last year, when they were bracing for a pandemic-driven recession, extra expenses, and ever-changing logistical demands due to COVID-19.

This second of three Quality Counts 2021 installments surveys school- and district-level leaders on their spending hurdles, priorities, and fiscal readiness as they work to recover from the pandemic. It also includes national and state-by-state grades and rankings on key school finance indicators that provide important context for policymaking.

In March 2024, Education Week announced the end of the Quality Counts report after 25 years of serving as a comprehensive K-12 education scorecard. In response to new challenges and a shifting landscape, we are refocusing our efforts on research and analysis to better serve the K-12 community. For more information, please go here for the full context or learn more about the EdWeek Research Center.