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Table 236.55. Total and current expenditures per pupil in public elementary and secondary schools: Selected years, 1919-20 through 2011-12
School year Expenditure per pupil in average daily attendance Expenditure per pupil in fall enrollment1 
Unadjusted dollars2  Constant 2013-14 dollars3  Unadjusted dollars2  Constant 2013-14 dollars3 
Total
expenditure4 
Current
expenditure
Total
expenditure4 
Current
expenditure
Total
expenditure4 
Current
expenditure
Total
expenditure4 
Current
expenditure
Annual
percent
change in
current
expenditure
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1919-20 $64   $53 $788   $657 $48   $40 $590   $492
1929-30 108   87 1,489   1,190 90   72 1,233   986
1931-32 97   81 1,579   1,321 82   69 1,337   1,119
1933-34 76   67 1,353   1,197 65   57 1,149   1,017
1935-36 88   74 1,504   1,270 74   63 1,272   1,074
                           
1937-38 100   84 1,635   1,376 86   72 1,404   1,181
1939-40 106   88 1,778   1,481 92   76 1,541   1,284
1941-42 110   98 1,658   1,482 94   84 1,420   1,269
1943-44 125   117 1,681   1,578 105   99 1,416   1,329
1945-46 146   136 1,879   1,757 124   116 1,601   1,497
                           
1947-48 205   181 2,066   1,830 179   158 1,804   1,598
1949-50 260   210 2,583   2,087 231   187 2,292   1,852
1951-52 314   246 2,811   2,200 275   215 2,462   1,926
1953-54 351   265 3,066   2,314 312   236 2,727   2,058
1955-56 387   294 3,383   2,572 354   269 3,092   2,351
                           
1957-58 447   341 3,681   2,807 408   311 3,357   2,560
1959-60 471   375 3,767   3,000 440   350 3,519   2,802
1961-62 517   419 4,043   3,275 485   393 3,793   3,073
1963-64 559   460 4,256   3,507 520   428 3,962   3,264
1965-66 654   538 4,815   3,960 607   499 4,470   3,676
                           
1967-68 786   658 5,434   4,548 732   612 5,055   4,231
1969-70 955   816 5,940   5,076 879   751 5,469   4,673
1970-71 1,049   911 6,207   5,389 970   842 5,739   4,982 6.6
1971-72 1,128   990 6,440   5,651 1,034   908 5,906   5,183 4.0
1972-73 1,211   1,077 6,645   5,911 1,117   993 6,129   5,452 5.2
                           
1973-74 1,364   1,207 6,873   6,084 1,244   1,101 6,267   5,547 1.7
1974-75 1,545   1,365 7,008   6,190 1,423   1,257 6,456   5,703 2.8
1975-76 1,697   1,504 7,191   6,371 1,563   1,385 6,622   5,866 2.9
1976-77 1,816   1,638 7,271   6,556 1,674   1,509 6,700   6,041 3.0
1977-78 2,002   1,823 7,512   6,838 1,842   1,677 6,909   6,289 4.1
                           
1978-79 2,210   2,020 7,580   6,931 2,029   1,855 6,961   6,365 1.2
1979-80 2,491   2,272 7,538   6,876 2,290   2,088 6,930   6,321 -0.7
1980-81 2,742 5  2,502 7,438 5  6,786 2,529 5  2,307 6,861 5  6,259 -1.0
1981-82 2,973 5  2,726 7,424 5  6,805 2,754 5  2,525 6,877 5  6,304 0.7
1982-83 3,203 5  2,955 7,669 5  7,075 2,966 5  2,736 7,101 5  6,551 3.9
                           
1983-84 3,471 5  3,173 8,013 5  7,326 3,216 5  2,940 7,424 5  6,786 3.6
1984-85 3,722 5  3,470 8,268 5  7,710 3,456 5  3,222 7,677 5  7,158 5.5
1985-86 4,020 5  3,756 8,680 5  8,109 3,724 5  3,479 8,042 5  7,513 5.0
1986-87 4,308 5  3,970 9,100 5  8,387 3,995 5  3,682 8,439 5  7,777 3.5
1987-88 4,654 5  4,240 9,440 5  8,600 4,310 5  3,927 8,742 5  7,965 2.4
                           
1988-89 5,108   4,645 9,903   9,005 4,737   4,307 9,183   8,351 4.8
1989-90 5,547   4,980 10,265   9,215 5,172   4,643 9,570   8,591 2.9
1990-91 5,882   5,258 10,320   9,225 5,484   4,902 9,621   8,601 0.1
1991-92 6,072   5,421 10,323   9,216 5,626   5,023 9,565   8,540 -0.7
1992-93 6,279   5,584 10,352   9,205 5,802   5,160 9,566   8,506 -0.4
                           
1993-94 6,489   5,767 10,428   9,268 5,994   5,327 9,632   8,561 0.6
1994-95 6,723   5,989 10,502   9,356 6,206   5,529 9,695   8,637 0.9
1995-96 6,959   6,147 10,584   9,348 6,441   5,689 9,796   8,652 0.2
1996-97 7,297   6,393 10,790   9,453 6,761   5,923 9,998   8,759 1.2
1997-98 7,701   6,676 11,187   9,698 7,139   6,189 10,372   8,991 2.7
                           
1998-99 8,115   7,013 11,589   10,015 7,531   6,508 10,754   9,294 3.4
1999-2000 8,589   7,394 11,921   10,262 8,030   6,912 11,145   9,594 3.2
2000-01 9,180   7,904 12,319   10,606 8,572   7,380 11,503   9,904 3.2
2001-02 9,611   8,259 12,673   10,890 8,993   7,727 11,858   10,189 2.9
2002-03 9,950   8,610 12,838   11,109 9,296   8,044 11,995   10,379 1.9
                           
2003-04 10,308   8,900 13,015   11,237 9,625   8,310 12,153   10,493 1.1
2004-05 10,779   9,316 13,212   11,419 10,078   8,711 12,354   10,677 1.8
2005-06 11,338   9,778 13,387   11,546 10,603   9,145 12,520   10,798 1.1
2006-07 12,015   10,336 13,830   11,897 11,252   9,679 12,951   11,141 3.2
2007-08 12,759   10,982 14,161   12,189 11,965   10,298 13,280   11,430 2.6
                           
2008-09 13,033   11,239 14,266   12,302 12,222   10,540 13,379   11,537 0.9
2009-10 13,035   11,427 14,132   12,388 12,133   10,636 13,154   11,531 -0.1
2010-116  12,926   11,433 13,737   12,151 12,054   10,663 12,811   11,332 -1.7
2011-12 12,794   11,363 13,210   11,732 12,010   10,667 12,401   11,014 -2.8
—Not available.
1 Data for 1919-20 to 1953-54 are based on school-year enrollment.
2 Unadjusted (or "current") dollars have not been adjusted to compensate for inflation.
3 Constant dollars based on the Consumer Price Index, prepared by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, adjusted to a school-year basis.
4 Excludes "Other Current
expenditures," such as community services, private school programs, adult education, and other programs not allocable to expenditures per student at public schools.
5 Estimated.
6 Revised from previously published figures.
NOTE: Beginning in 1980-81, state administration expenditures are excluded from both "total" and "current" expenditures. Current
expenditures include instruction, support services, food services, and enterprise operations. Total
expenditures include Current
expenditures, capital outlay, and interest on debt. Beginning in 1988-89, extensive changes were made in the data collection procedures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Biennial Survey of Education in the United States, 1919-20 through 1955-56; Statistics of State School Systems, 1957-58 through 1969-70; Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education, 1970-71 through 1986-87; and Common Core of Data (CCD), "National Public Education Financial Survey," 1987-88 through 2011-12. (This table was prepared July 2014.)

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