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Table 3.  Current expenditures per pupil at the 5th percentile, median, and 95th percentile cutpoints, federal range ratio, and numbers of districts and students for public elementary and secondary regular school districts, by state and independent charter school districts: Fiscal year 2008

State (excluding independent charter school districts) Current expenditures1 per pupil   Federal range ratio2 Number of districts Number of students
5th percentile Median 95th percentile
United States  $7,155 $9,509 $18,477   1.6 13,525 48,187,791
               
Alabama  7,906 9,040 11,186   0.4 131 742,919
Alaska  11,687 21,730 36,500   2.1 53 130,624
Arizona  6,399 8,641 18,000   1.8 216 987,234
Arkansas  7,089 8,119 10,147   0.4 245 476,110
California  7,467 9,015 17,500   1.3 956 6,177,909
               
Colorado  7,162 8,953 15,590   1.2 178 796,824
Connecticut  11,316 13,345 18,495   0.6 169 548,428
Delaware  9,628 11,619 14,641   0.5 16 107,596
District of Columbia  14,594   1 58,191
Florida  8,071 8,925 10,826   0.3 67 2,645,680
               
Georgia  8,510 9,598 12,274   0.4 180 1,646,010
Hawaii  11,800   1 179,897
Idaho  5,910 7,782 14,893   1.5 115 265,844
Illinois  6,738 8,729 13,837   1.1 869 2,099,412
Indiana  7,210 8,322 10,777   0.5 292 1,033,329
               
Iowa  7,354 8,529 12,376   0.7 364 485,114
Kansas  8,140 10,253 15,012   0.8 294 467,458
Kentucky  7,417 8,580 10,613   0.4 174 666,019
Louisiana  8,088 9,482 14,401   0.8 73 665,286
Maine  7,178 11,878 20,486   1.9 227 193,058
               
Maryland  10,982 12,036 14,749   0.3 24 845,700
Massachusetts  10,189 12,419 20,021   1.0 302 911,869
Michigan  7,648 8,545 12,198   0.6 551 1,576,637
Minnesota  7,599 9,105 12,027   0.6 340 807,896
Mississippi  6,777 8,112 10,911   0.6 152 493,302
               
Missouri  6,840 8,450 12,919   0.9 522 898,350
Montana  7,166 10,938 27,064   2.8 420 142,695
Nebraska  8,110 10,194 15,404   0.9 254 290,912
Nevada  8,044 10,091 23,528   1.9 17 428,776
New Hampshire  9,565 12,727 18,372   0.9 162 195,668
               
New Jersey  12,283 15,117 22,387   0.8 549 1,328,606
New Mexico  8,293 11,408 21,119   1.5 89 329,045
New York  12,631 16,183 29,089   1.3 695 2,730,153
North Carolina  7,307 8,415 10,652   0.5 115 1,408,316
North Dakota  6,907 10,344 21,000   2.0 187 94,959
               
Ohio  7,362 8,497 11,688   0.6 612 1,743,920
Oklahoma  6,409 8,023 12,909   1.0 539 641,682
Oregon  7,942 9,488 22,200   1.8 193 562,251
Pennsylvania  8,574 10,229 14,124   0.6 500 1,718,588
Rhode Island  10,705 13,896 17,430   0.6 36 143,812
               
South Carolina  7,799 9,112 12,040   0.5 85 710,685
South Dakota  6,908 8,806 14,413   1.1 160 121,606
Tennessee  6,385 7,221 8,781   0.4 135 966,963
Texas  7,299 8,961 14,694   1.0 1,031 4,581,008
Utah  5,321 6,434 12,765   1.4 40 556,314
               
Vermont  9,191 12,870 17,303   0.9 238 89,048
Virginia  8,589 9,686 14,109   0.6 132 1,230,857
Washington  8,005 9,205 22,269   1.8 295 1,029,576
West Virginia  8,949 9,860 11,189   0.3 55 281,735
Wisconsin  8,961 10,339 13,137   0.5 426 867,929
Wyoming  12,301 14,857 27,719   1.3 48 85,991
Independent charter school districts3  5,207 8,173 16,535   2.2 1,736 617,880
† Not applicable. The District of Columbia and Hawaii consist of one school district each.
1 Current expenditures include instruction, instruction-related, support services, and other elementary/secondary current expenditures, but exclude expenditures on capital outlay, other programs and payments to state and local governments, interest on long-term debt, and payments to private and charter schools.
2 The federal range ratio is the difference between the amount per pupil of the district at the 95th percentile of current expenditures per pupil and the district at the 5th percentile divided by the amount per pupil for the district at the 5th percentile.
3 All associated schools are charter schools.
NOTE: How to read this table: Using Alabama as an example, this table shows that 5 percent of school districts have current expenditures per pupil of $7,906 or less. If all school districts were listed by size of current expenditures per pupil, the district at the midpoint (median) would have current expenditures per pupil of $9,040. Five percent of school districts have current expenditures per pupil of $11,186 or more. The federal range ratio shows that the current expenditures per pupil for district at the 95th percentile are 40 percent higher than the current expenditures per pupil for district at the 5th percentile. National figures do not include independent charter school districts. National and state figures include charter schools that are affiliated with regular school districts. Only regular school districts matching the Common Core of Data (CCD) “Local Education Agency Universe Survey” and with student membership greater than zero were used in creating the national and state figures; 92.8 percent of all school districts met these criteria. Independent charter school districts matching the Common Core of Data (CCD) “Local Education Agency Universe Survey” with revenues greater than zero and expenditures greater than zero were included in the charter school analysis; 98.5 percent of charter school districts met these criteria.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “School District Finance Survey (F-33),” fiscal year 2008, Version 1a.


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