Colorado Rankings

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 (June 2021) to CSFP Trends in Per Pupil Spending illustrates the gap between Colorado and the national average, Fiscal Year 1997-98 through Fiscal Year 2017-18. 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 20 years, the gap has continued to grow; from less than $500 per student in the early to mid-1990s to between $2,200 and more than $3,000 less by FY 2017-18.

Education Week, Quality Counts

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

U.S. Census Bureau

K-12 Per Pupil Funding:┬áColorado 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┬áchart. Chart provided by Great Education Colorado.