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 2017, public school districts in our region spent over $22,000 per student, about $2,500 less than the state spent per pupil - a difference that has grown from just $920 in 2000 (adjusted for inflation). From 2000 to 2017, with spending adjusted for inflation, spending per pupil has risen 50% in the region and 57% in the state. Spending from 2000 to 2017 rose 96% in Seneca and 86% in Yates - the largest increases in the region. In 2017, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario and Orleans were the only counties in the region that spent less than $22,000 per student, and Seneca spent the most per pupil, at $26,600.

Of the cities in our region, the Rochester School District spent about $23,300 per pupil, a 39% increase from 2000. Batavia, and Geneva spent more (at about $26,900 and $25,000 per pupil), while Canandaigua spend less at about $23,400.

Notes about the data

Figures have been adjusted to 2017 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
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS$15,715$16,430$16,712$17,431$17,941$18,871$19,712$20,488$20,908$22,144$22,394$22,241$22,320$22,221$22,584$23,327$23,859$24,712
NYS (excluding NYC)$16,201$16,757$17,223$17,578$18,082$18,878$19,430$20,132$20,442$21,548$21,831$21,829$21,865$22,019$22,513$23,304$23,392$23,741
Region$14,795$15,526$16,042$16,193$16,461$17,184$17,595$17,921$18,348$19,426$19,813$19,564$19,387$20,091$20,530$21,467$21,613$22,208
Monroe$15,212$15,740$16,094$16,447$16,642$17,432$17,904$18,032$18,498$19,776$20,073$19,712$19,525$20,464$20,632$21,473$21,706$21,950
Surrounding Counties$14,219$15,223$15,967$15,829$16,199$16,822$17,141$17,755$18,126$18,905$19,426$19,338$19,176$19,516$20,371$21,458$21,465$22,624
Genesee$14,319$15,455$15,997$16,044$16,483$17,163$17,359$18,212$18,620$19,581$19,284$19,379$19,097$19,092$20,398$21,925$21,472$23,589
Livingston$14,210$15,295$16,429$16,008$16,573$17,067$17,394$17,905$18,260$19,488$19,939$19,586$19,243$19,647$20,730$21,411$21,550$21,953
Ontario$14,718$14,780$15,285$15,434$15,967$16,629$16,713$17,040$17,336$17,935$18,074$17,815$17,961$18,275$19,107$19,739$20,232$21,059
Orleans$12,582$13,418$14,347$14,358$15,050$15,223$15,603$16,261$17,884$17,630$18,310$18,657$17,744$19,455$19,893$23,285$20,305$22,069
Seneca$13,592$14,649$16,034$15,463$15,831$17,571$18,009$19,036$19,655$20,544$21,761$22,815$22,244$21,777$22,665$26,147$24,832$26,649
Wayne$14,680$16,392$17,099$16,895$16,746$17,111$17,567$18,429$18,397$19,358$20,299$19,965$20,130$20,263$20,853$21,259$21,787$23,047
Wyoming$14,507$15,998$16,846$15,866$16,133$16,820$17,273$17,668$17,556$18,494$19,101$19,040$18,972$19,356$20,372$20,531$21,631$22,158
Yates$13,432$14,366$14,654$15,697$16,263$17,241$17,847$18,422$18,968$19,979$21,695$21,404$20,735$21,202$21,981$22,856$23,775$24,981
Rochester School District$16,715$17,463$17,103$17,848$18,401$18,580$18,985$19,542$20,555$21,659$22,334$21,233$20,411$22,605$22,309$22,545$23,306$23,289
Batavia School District$15,367$15,756$16,565$16,827$17,404$18,252$18,907$20,012$20,301$20,654$19,834$19,840$18,669$18,110$19,887$19,902$20,986$26,914
Canandaigua School District$13,539$14,018$14,492$14,768$14,610$15,174$15,678$15,766$15,921$16,924$17,326$17,120$17,471$17,871$18,140$20,577$19,332$20,374
Geneva School District$14,895$13,635$15,220$15,418$17,391$19,917$19,095$19,521$20,864$21,961$20,952$21,038$21,007$22,515$23,504$22,326$25,473$24,994

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




Total School Spending
200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
NYS$44,973,443,121$47,205,100,521$48,194,689,801$50,115,157,893$51,492,372,854$53,750,196,279$55,650,778,168$57,415,485,035$58,522,945,500$61,586,777,918$62,450,054,661$61,878,338,173$61,857,837,132$61,323,160,541$62,277,184,424$64,756,443,633$66,219,593,167$68,560,237,987
NYS (excluding NYC)$29,005,723,495$30,190,217,426$31,265,569,550$31,930,141,284$32,787,956,166$34,066,128,421$34,830,115,096$35,904,797,234$36,288,077,029$37,817,963,063$38,050,755,803$37,654,524,352$37,332,428,679$37,213,043,996$37,701,253,285$38,865,010,581$38,734,836,307$39,179,122,524
Region$3,068,689,650$3,215,837,758$3,320,617,185$3,298,182,611$3,324,334,421$3,408,375,609$3,459,541,517$3,494,598,639$3,554,460,581$3,695,793,052$3,700,678,657$3,607,769,242$3,542,842,817$3,616,431,479$3,653,489,878$3,807,216,073$3,788,440,964$3,901,474,127
Monroe$1,831,105,118$1,913,173,337$1,968,794,132$1,970,149,721$1,987,145,677$2,053,279,921$2,092,851,457$2,101,953,704$2,140,741,056$2,252,241,614$2,246,579,967$2,191,550,400$2,158,628,889$2,231,504,144$2,241,236,650$2,330,088,239$2,336,345,134$2,381,162,856
Surrounding Counties$1,237,584,532$1,302,664,421$1,351,823,053$1,328,032,890$1,337,188,744$1,355,095,689$1,366,690,060$1,392,644,934$1,413,719,525$1,443,551,437$1,454,098,690$1,416,218,841$1,384,213,927$1,384,927,335$1,412,253,228$1,477,127,835$1,452,095,830$1,520,311,271
Genesee$159,014,131$167,841,430$172,052,474$172,040,913$173,319,042$175,898,712$175,030,289$177,927,544$182,290,305$184,841,400$180,112,495$177,260,097$172,334,088$170,036,106$175,344,613$185,726,100$180,083,095$196,423,082
Livingston$150,344,086$160,537,697$169,237,782$161,456,476$163,544,444$163,790,414$165,015,143$167,841,801$166,143,228$173,263,788$174,285,294$169,774,118$162,335,428$163,445,336$169,692,085$172,831,772$171,196,627$171,977,596
Ontario$278,570,675$285,665,899$294,945,048$298,318,620$307,371,687$313,393,061$317,620,611$322,952,258$332,139,502$341,383,955$341,745,822$330,799,650$328,297,668$330,586,347$339,639,461$348,350,739$351,671,231$362,362,772
Orleans$107,654,731$111,033,067$117,645,961$119,038,515$120,310,245$119,086,599$119,426,303$122,479,875$132,071,059$125,592,984$126,866,790$124,461,651$116,350,057$124,160,622$123,016,900$142,599,625$121,363,168$130,429,792
Seneca$73,805,988$77,479,928$82,799,961$81,256,830$80,624,876$86,886,695$89,253,103$92,286,999$95,601,877$97,234,543$100,318,479$102,053,400$97,940,141$95,122,441$95,621,834$108,955,632$102,979,795$110,088,157
Wayne$259,315,944$283,826,101$293,393,265$284,444,583$278,518,219$279,772,538$281,156,855$287,118,112$286,790,903$294,301,107$301,404,745$289,638,014$288,098,502$284,345,461$289,229,867$294,055,175$295,669,938$313,877,717
Wyoming$140,818,049$147,339,563$151,616,470$137,544,379$137,193,599$138,044,907$139,234,205$140,832,867$136,799,468$142,641,566$144,840,332$140,746,796$138,157,075$137,407,069$139,037,485$140,820,409$144,541,538$148,569,528
Yates$68,060,927$68,940,738$70,132,093$73,932,575$76,306,632$78,222,762$79,953,552$81,205,478$81,883,183$84,292,095$84,524,734$81,485,114$80,700,969$79,823,954$80,670,984$83,788,382$84,590,438$86,582,627
Rochester School District$632,775,280$687,775,382$685,442,474$675,511,317$686,715,397$680,272,908$678,715,468$689,740,653$718,445,016$749,173,184$759,766,340$731,472,811$708,379,553$773,862,541$759,009,440$789,253,738$806,290,415$830,592,423
Batavia School District$45,041,260$45,834,871$46,151,004$46,830,091$47,495,929$48,075,609$48,666,408$49,910,703$50,548,770$50,416,029$50,298,706$49,997,334$47,382,400$46,399,086$48,186,050$47,884,406$49,989,552$63,840,340
Canandaigua School District$58,704,543$60,404,883$61,462,434$62,763,613$62,488,532$62,958,324$64,359,032$65,144,522$68,064,082$71,165,911$69,097,417$67,009,588$67,195,132$68,873,850$68,787,718$74,796,032$69,267,928$72,450,551
Geneva School District$38,026,095$38,096,542$40,849,267$41,674,447$46,154,479$47,463,095$48,788,071$48,586,877$50,406,855$52,992,125$50,472,219$50,343,789$50,543,633$51,648,623$52,602,632$53,538,888$58,511,959$56,810,716

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 80% 2016 3 1
Increasing
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 6.0 2014-16 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 18 2017 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 $1,368 2017 1 1
Increasing
Recreation Spending $76 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate 83% 2018 3 1
Increasing
Voter Participation Rate 58% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
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% 2016 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 16% 2016 3 0
Maintaining
EITC Dollars $177 2016 1 1
Increasing
Change in Total Jobs 0.5% 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Change in Number of Business Establishments by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Jobs by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Sector Shares of Regional Total Employment 2017 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 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 3% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 by Sector 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
Employment-to-Population Ratio 74% 2018 3 -1
Decreasing
Per-Capita Spending for Local Government $3,538 2017 0 1
Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation 44% 2017 2 1
Increasing
School Spending Per Student $22,208 2017 1 1
Increasing
Instructional Spending Per Student $15,778 2017 1 1
Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services 9% 2017 3 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English 43% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 English by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 English by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math 48% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 3 Math by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 3 Math by Race/Ethnicity 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English 41% 2018 2 1
Increasing
Grade 8 English by Student Subgroup 2018 0 10 Not Applicable*
Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity 2018 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 34.4 2016 1 1
Increasing
Mortality Rate 685 2016 1 -1
Decreasing
Chlamydia Rate 52 2017 3 1
Increasing
Chlamydia Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Gonorrhea Rate 17 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Gonorrhea Rates, Race/Ethnicity, Monroe County 0 10 Not Applicable*
Early Syphilis Rates 0.8 2016 3 1
Increasing
Early Syphilis Rates within Monroe County, by Race/Ethnicity 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with HIV 104 2016 0 1
Increasing
People Living with HIV by Race/Ethnicity 2016 0 10 Not Applicable*
People Living with AIDS 132 2016 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 2017 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 214 2017 1 -1
Decreasing
Violent Crimes 28 2017 3 1
Increasing
Victims of Domestic Violence 54 2017 0 -1
Decreasing
Incarceration Rates 13.7 2017 2 0
Maintaining
Incarceration Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2015 0 10 Not Applicable*
Arrest Rates 197.7 2017 3 -1
Decreasing
Arrest Rates, by Race/Ethnicity 2017 0 10 Not Applicable*
*No or multiple regional values for this indicator


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