Colorado Rankings illustrates Colorado’s historical per pupil funding in comparison to other states. The rankings are from audited sources. Audited data lags current data.
Update (March 2020) to CSFP Trends in Per Pupil Spending illustrates the gap between Colorado and the national average, Fiscal Year 1995-96 through Fiscal Year 2015-16. Data sources include the U.S. Census Bureau, Education Week; Quality Counts, and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Figures are audited data, so lag behind current spending numbers. For the past 10 years, the gap has continued to grow; from less than $500 per student in the early to mid-1990s to between $2,100 and $2,700 less by FY 2015-16.
K-12 Per Pupil Funding: Colorado versus National Average comparing Colorado per-pupil funding to the National Average 1970 – 2015 (source: National Center for Education Statistics data). Gallagher, TABOR, Amendment 23 and the Negative Factor noted on the chart. Chart provided by Great Education Colorado.