Education
School Spending Per Student

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Source: New York State Education Department

What does this measure?

Total spending by public school districts in a county, divided by total pupils.

Why is this important?

High spending for schools can mean better facilities, programs and a greater range of opportunities are available to students. It may also signal public support for education and a more experienced teaching workforce. However, studies have found higher spending does not necessarily lead to higher student achievement, given the many factors that contribute to student success, including parental and community influences.

How is our region performing?

In 2018, public school districts in our region spent over $22,700 per student, about $3,100 less than the state spent per pupil - a difference that has grown from just $920 in 2000 (adjusted for inflation). From 2000 to 2018, with spending adjusted for inflation, spending per pupil has risen 50% in the region and 61% in the state. Spending from 2000 to 2018 rose 90% in Yates and 82% in Seneca - the largest increases in the region. In 2018, Ontario and Wyoming were the only counties in the region that spent less than $22,000 per student, and Seneca spent the most per pupil, at $25,300.

Of the cities in our region, the Rochester School District spent about $24,700 per pupil, a 44% increase from 2000. Geneva spent more at about $25,700 per pupil, while Canandaigua spent less at about $20,500.

Notes about the data

Figures have been adjusted to 2018 dollars. Comparisons can be misleading as certain categories of students--English Language Learners, children with special needs--require specialized resources that can be more expensive than general education students.

Per-Student Spending
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
NYS$16,099$16,832$17,120$17,857$18,379$19,332$20,194$20,988$21,419$22,685$22,941$22,784$22,865$22,764$23,136$23,897$24,441$25,315$25,845
NYS (excluding NYC)$16,597$17,166$17,644$18,008$18,524$19,339$19,905$20,624$20,942$22,074$22,364$22,362$22,399$22,557$23,063$23,873$23,964$24,321$24,553
Region$15,170$15,911$16,424$16,596$16,860$17,608$18,025$18,365$18,819$19,920$20,311$20,055$19,870$20,589$21,044$22,008$22,142$22,765$22,703
Monroe$15,577$16,110$16,470$16,808$17,010$17,816$18,288$18,424$18,879$20,183$20,502$20,122$19,937$20,896$21,092$21,964$22,242$22,447$22,671
Surrounding Counties$14,560$15,606$16,353$16,267$16,626$17,281$17,607$18,270$18,723$19,495$20,001$19,945$19,758$20,077$20,962$22,084$21,970$23,323$22,761
Genesee$14,669$15,832$16,388$16,436$16,886$17,582$17,783$18,656$19,075$20,059$19,755$19,852$19,564$19,559$20,897$22,460$21,996$24,165$22,676
Livingston$14,557$15,669$16,831$16,399$16,978$17,484$17,819$18,342$18,705$19,964$20,426$20,065$19,713$20,127$21,236$21,934$22,077$22,489$22,827
Ontario$15,057$15,203$15,725$16,135$16,650$17,443$17,580$17,879$18,327$18,943$18,988$18,866$19,120$19,248$20,061$20,596$20,856$22,115$21,477
Orleans$12,890$13,746$14,697$14,708$15,418$15,594$15,984$16,658$18,320$18,060$18,757$19,113$18,178$19,930$20,379$23,854$20,801$22,608$23,203
Seneca$13,924$15,007$16,426$15,840$16,217$18,000$18,449$19,501$20,135$21,046$22,293$23,373$22,787$22,309$23,218$26,786$25,439$27,300$25,300
Wayne$14,922$16,784$17,493$17,319$17,122$17,546$17,997$18,833$18,867$19,887$20,849$20,552$20,664$20,767$21,368$21,798$22,415$23,620$23,329
Wyoming$15,504$16,694$17,213$16,165$16,306$17,166$17,518$18,234$18,333$18,992$19,421$19,331$19,277$19,645$21,176$21,140$21,833$23,053$21,698
Yates$13,006$13,871$14,249$14,990$15,983$16,511$17,187$18,084$18,539$19,288$21,570$20,876$19,172$20,477$21,128$22,298$23,577$24,895$24,661
Rochester School District$17,123$17,890$17,521$18,283$18,850$19,034$19,448$20,019$21,057$22,188$22,879$21,752$20,909$23,157$22,854$23,096$23,875$23,858$24,689
Batavia School District$15,743$16,141$16,970$17,238$17,829$18,698$19,369$20,501$20,797$21,158$20,318$20,325$19,125$18,553$20,373$20,388$21,499$27,572$20,892
Canandaigua School District$13,870$14,361$14,846$15,129$14,967$15,545$16,061$16,151$16,310$17,337$17,750$17,539$17,898$18,307$18,583$21,079$19,805$20,872$20,490
Geneva School District$15,258$13,968$15,591$15,794$17,815$20,404$19,562$19,997$21,373$22,497$21,463$21,552$21,520$23,065$24,078$22,872$26,095$25,604$25,676

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.




Total School Spending
2000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
NYS$46,071,909,194$48,358,074,317$49,371,834,089$51,339,209,176$52,750,062,297$55,063,032,543$57,010,035,711$58,817,845,140$59,952,355,074$63,091,020,898$63,975,382,979$63,389,702,446$63,368,700,672$62,820,964,727$63,798,290,426$66,338,104,974$67,836,991,601$70,234,806,137$71,372,087,913
NYS (excluding NYC)$29,714,181,665$30,927,606,589$32,029,223,944$32,710,027,690$33,588,794,505$34,898,185,825$35,680,832,700$36,781,763,703$37,174,405,020$38,741,658,171$38,980,136,821$38,574,227,507$38,244,264,720$38,121,964,094$38,622,097,783$39,814,279,585$39,680,925,834$40,136,063,641$40,242,540,903
Region$3,110,271,921$3,262,841,263$3,367,864,279$3,349,705,298$3,375,553,487$3,462,401,935$3,513,091,413$3,548,655,368$3,612,788,239$3,756,306,529$3,759,610,473$3,664,211,277$3,597,294,552$3,672,949,108$3,712,204,661$3,869,243,781$3,847,400,458$3,963,724,453$3,924,204,263
Monroe$1,914,604,565$1,999,595,971$2,057,892,951$2,059,228,663$2,077,012,944$2,146,578,058$2,186,414,764$2,197,403,010$2,235,705,517$2,351,744,351$2,349,988,919$2,289,312,096$2,254,403,389$2,331,013,572$2,342,962,617$2,435,515,928$2,446,161,421$2,486,974,770$2,503,851,493
Surrounding Counties$1,195,667,355$1,263,245,292$1,309,971,328$1,290,476,635$1,298,540,543$1,315,823,878$1,326,676,650$1,351,252,358$1,377,082,723$1,404,562,178$1,409,621,554$1,374,899,182$1,342,891,162$1,341,935,536$1,369,242,043$1,433,727,853$1,401,239,037$1,476,749,683$1,420,352,770
Genesee$162,898,015$171,940,919$176,254,816$176,242,973$177,552,320$180,194,998$179,305,364$182,273,383$186,742,704$189,356,109$184,511,701$181,589,635$176,543,309$174,189,199$179,627,365$190,262,418$184,481,584$201,220,671$187,483,546
Livingston$154,016,206$164,458,794$173,371,376$165,400,013$167,538,980$167,790,957$169,045,600$171,941,298$170,201,239$177,495,716$178,542,173$173,920,813$166,300,433$167,437,451$173,836,775$177,053,148$175,378,065$176,178,109$176,293,711
Ontario$273,702,925$280,393,512$288,738,557$294,514,955$303,370,619$308,931,088$314,858,142$318,017,258$328,956,314$338,307,910$334,307,265$326,661,430$326,723,050$324,770,008$332,632,057$340,818,758$339,396,179$355,945,056$345,866,902
Orleans$110,284,173$113,745,024$120,519,437$121,946,004$123,248,795$121,995,262$122,343,263$125,471,418$135,296,864$128,660,564$129,965,482$127,501,598$119,191,880$127,193,217$126,021,559$146,082,589$124,327,436$133,615,510$132,929,115
Seneca$75,608,682$79,372,358$84,822,331$83,241,509$82,594,120$89,008,883$91,433,090$94,541,088$97,936,931$99,609,475$102,768,735$104,546,031$100,332,307$97,445,785$97,957,376$111,616,848$105,495,053$112,777,035$104,488,416
Wayne$281,840,413$310,342,917$320,259,997$311,524,697$304,540,166$306,312,036$307,267,972$313,054,459$313,324,526$321,985,654$329,554,870$317,338,869$315,006,080$311,346,045$316,978,612$322,743,293$325,803,218$343,876,740$333,096,899
Wyoming$94,696,989$99,811,271$101,760,777$91,736,579$91,348,276$92,488,035$92,442,429$94,051,080$92,122,714$95,873,820$96,133,226$91,881,088$89,579,300$88,894,811$91,228,200$91,791,353$91,588,011$96,823,385$87,617,522
Yates$42,619,952$43,180,499$44,244,037$45,869,904$48,347,267$49,102,619$49,980,791$51,902,373$52,501,431$53,272,931$53,838,102$51,459,718$49,214,803$50,659,021$50,960,100$53,359,447$54,769,491$56,313,177$52,576,659
Rochester School District$648,230,672$704,574,138$702,184,250$692,010,527$703,488,264$696,888,419$695,292,939$706,587,410$735,992,871$767,471,568$778,323,459$749,338,868$725,681,561$792,763,957$777,548,072$808,531,081$825,983,874$850,879,453$871,206,879
Batavia School District$46,141,382$46,954,377$47,278,232$47,973,905$48,656,006$49,249,845$49,855,074$51,129,761$51,783,412$51,647,429$51,527,240$51,218,507$48,539,705$47,532,373$49,362,983$49,053,972$51,210,535$65,399,626$49,429,653
Canandaigua School District$60,138,388$61,880,258$62,963,640$64,296,600$64,014,801$64,496,067$65,930,986$66,735,662$69,726,532$72,904,122$70,785,105$68,646,282$68,836,358$70,556,078$70,467,843$76,622,908$70,959,781$74,220,139$71,898,715
Geneva School District$38,954,873$39,027,041$41,847,001$42,692,336$47,281,792$48,622,370$49,979,708$49,773,601$51,638,031$54,286,445$51,704,991$51,573,424$51,778,150$52,910,129$53,887,440$54,846,563$59,941,100$58,198,305$58,927,196

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Figures are in constant 2017 dollars.











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INDICATORS - Grouped by Topic REGIONAL VALUE YEAR NYS COMPARISON TREND | REGION
Prenatal Care 77% 2017 3 0
Maintaining
Prenatal Care, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights 8% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Babies Born with Low Birth Weights, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Infant Mortality Rate 6.7 2015-17 2 0
Maintaining
Infant Mortality Rate, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels 0.9% 2016 2 -1
Decreasing
Children in Poverty 20% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Children in Poverty, Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Single-Parent Families 39% 2013-17 2 1
Increasing
Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Rate of Child Abuse and Neglect 20 2018 2 1
Increasing
Rate of Foster Care Admissions 2.3 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Pregnancy 2% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Rate of Teen Births 13 2017 2 -1
Decreasing
Arts and Culture Attendance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tourism Spending $1,419 2018 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $76 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 46% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Registered Library Borrowers 61% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Library Visits 5.9 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income 1.7% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Households Without Vehicles 10% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Total Population 0.3% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Population by Age 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Disengaged Youth, Ages 16 to 19 6% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income $54,972 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Median Household Income, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living in Poverty 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Public Assistance Recipients 2.3% 2018 3 0
Maintaining
Approval Rate for Public Assistance Applications 25% 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Households Receiving SNAP 14% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Households Receiving SNAP by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Tax Filers Receiving Earned Income Tax Credit 15% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
EITC Dollars $175 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs 1.3% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Unemployment Rate 4.2% 2018 2 0
Maintaining
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Average Salary by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 2.9% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 74% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,590 2018 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 45% 2018 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $22,703 2018 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $16,363 2018 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 44% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 49% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 39% 2019 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2019 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 Math 45% 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Regents Algebra 1 73% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Regents English 78% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate 85% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Cohort Graduation Rate, Beyond Four Years 87% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Four-Year Cohort Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Without Health Insurance 5% 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Supply of Doctors 34.7 2017 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 700 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 55 2018 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 18 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 1.8 2018 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 106 2017 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 138 2017 0 1
Increasing
People Living with AIDS by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
Percent of Days with Good Air Quality 0 10 Not Applicable*
Alcohol-related Crashes 3.1 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Median Home Value $133,156 2013-17 1 -1
Decreasing
Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment by Primary Substance 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Median Rental Prices $827 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners 2.4 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Overall Housing Cost Burden 30% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Renters 34% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Rent Burdened Households 50% 2013-17 3 0
Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Renters by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Homeownership Rate 68% 2013-17 3 -1
Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity 2013-17 0 10 Not Applicable*
Vacant Housing Units 10% 2013-17 3 1
Increasing
Homeless Persons 0 10 Not Applicable*
Serious Crimes 190 2018 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 24 2018 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 59 2018 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 13.2 2018 2 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 188.2 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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