Facts & Trends

Update (April 2017) to CSFP Trends in Per Pupil Spending illustrates the gap between Colorado and the national average, Fiscal Year 1991-92 through Fiscal Year 2013-14. 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 $2,000 and $2,700 less by FY 2013-14.

About this page: Multiple sources of information reflecting trends in Colorado’s economics and budget, school funding and special student populations. Sources:

Information on Student Trends: Special Student Populations including:

  • English Language Learner
  • Free Lunch and Reduced Lunch
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Homeless
  • Summary of Special Student Populations


Presentation by Charlie Brown, Director, Colorado Futures Center at CSU: Financing Colorado’s Future – A Fresh Outlook at The Funding of State Government – January 2014