For decades, states have reported how much money a school district spends per student. Now, because of a provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states are beginning to report how much money an individual school spends per student.
That’s a big shift. While district-level per-pupil expenditure (PPE) data was useful, school-level data has been called a “data bonanza” by leaders in the field of education finance. The increased detail will generate new questions about how and why money is being spent and provide a new opportunity to drive better student outcomes—especially for those kids that have traditionally been underserved…………..