Special Report
Quality Counts

Quality Counts 2018: School Finance

A Deeper Look Into K-12 Funding Pipeline
June 6, 2018
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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.

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.