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Projections of Education Statistics to 2021

NCES 2013-008
January 2013

Section 4. Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: Current Expenditures


Figure 13. Actual and projected current expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools (in constant 2010-11 dollars): School years 1996-97 through 2021-22

Figure 13.	Actual and projected current expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools (in constant 2010-11 dollars): School years 1996-97 through 2021-22


NOTE: Numbers were placed in constant dollars using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all urban consumers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. For more detail about CPI, see table B-6 in appendix B. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A-2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "National Public Education Financial Survey," 1996-97 through 2008-09; Public Elementary and Secondary School Current Expenditures Model, 1969-70 through 2008-09. (This figure was prepared February 2012.)

Current expenditures

Current expenditures in constant 2010-11 dollars

  • increased 42 percent from 1996-97 to 2008-09, a period of 12 years; and
  • are projected to increase 24 percent, to $665 billion, from 2008-09 to 2021-22, a period of 13 years.

For more information: Tables 18 and 19


Figure 14. Actual and projected current expenditures per pupil in fall enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools (in constant 2010-11 dollars): School years 1996-97 through 2021-22

Figure 14.	Actual and projected current expenditures per pupil in fall enrollment in public elementary and secondary schools (in constant 2010-11 dollars): School years 1996-97 through 2021-22


NOTE: Numbers were placed in constant dollars using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for all urban consumers, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. For more detail about CPI, see table B-6 in appendix B. Some data have been revised from previously published figures. Mean absolute percentage errors of selected education statistics can be found in table A-2, appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), "State Nonfiscal Survey of Public Elementary/Secondary Education," 1996-97 through 2010-11; "National Public Education Financial Survey," 1996-97 through 2008-09; National Elementary and Secondary Enrollment Model, 1972-2010; and Public Elementary and Secondary School Current Expenditures Model, 1969-70 through 2008-09. (This figure was prepared February 2012.)

Current expenditures per pupil

Current expenditures per pupil in fall enrollment in constant 2010-11 dollars

  • increased 32 percent from 1996-97 to 2008-09; and
  • are projected to increase 15 percent, to $12,530, from 2008-09 to 2021-22.

For more information: Tables 18 and 19


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