Education
Per Student Spending


Per Student Spending

What does this measure?

Total spending by public school districts, divided by total pupils.

Why is this important?

Higher spending for schools can mean better facilities, programs, and a greater range of opportunities available to students. It may also signal public support for education and a better paid, more experienced teaching workforce. However, studies have found higher spending does not necessarily lead to higher student achievement, given many other factors that contribute to student success, including socioeconomic and parental influences.

How is our county performing?

In 2017, Berks County school districts spent about $16,500 per student, about 10% less than the statewide level of $17,400. The county rate represented a 46% increase since 2001, compared to a 47% increase at the statewide level.

Spending in 2017 was highest in the Kutztown Area School District, at $37,000 per student, up 189% from 2001, followed by the Daniel Boone district, at $25,500. Per-student spending was lowest in the Reading district, at $12,500.

Among surrounding counties, 2017 per-student spending was higher than Berks in Montgomery ($20,600) and Chester ($18,100). Lancaster was similar to Berks and Lehigh and Lebanon spent less, at $15,800 and $14,500 respectively per student. Since 2001, per-student spending increased more than Berks in only Lancaster (49%). Montgomery, Lebanon and Lehigh were slightly lower than Berks, and Chester was even lower, at 33%.

Notes about the data

Figures are from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and have been adjusted to 2016 dollars. Per pupil expenditures are calculated by dividing a district's operating costs by its average enrollment across the school year.

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Per Student Spending
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$12,073$12,496$12,792$13,344$13,618$13,965$14,246$14,486$15,019$15,390$15,446$15,063$15,385$15,551$16,397$16,775$17,736
Berks County$11,485$11,574$11,685$12,019$12,436$12,747$13,412$13,466$14,286$14,889$14,561$14,675$15,159$14,787$16,384$15,834$16,818
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$13,874$14,365$14,774$15,643$15,926$16,160$16,803$16,620$17,132$17,213$16,821$16,595$16,802$16,747$17,385$18,258$18,472
Lancaster County$11,131$11,282$11,660$11,988$12,077$12,343$13,178$13,618$14,305$14,402$14,265$14,105$14,477$14,827$15,624$15,863$16,582
Lebanon County$10,596$11,071$10,932$11,119$11,346$11,694$12,448$13,043$13,393$13,907$13,119$13,018$13,553$13,706$13,651$14,277$14,807
Lehigh County$11,517$11,726$11,838$12,219$12,611$12,770$13,037$13,241$14,045$14,121$14,403$14,340$14,381$14,809$15,159$15,936$16,171
Montgomery County$14,872$15,332$15,814$16,574$16,854$17,522$17,800$18,123$18,673$18,936$18,708$18,547$18,746$19,150$20,065$20,225$21,023
Schuylkill County$11,048$11,706$13,224$12,153$13,680$12,964$12,408$12,618$13,644$14,693$13,519$14,893$13,577$14,698$16,987$16,459$15,391
School Districts
Wyomissing Area School District$13,077$13,922$13,849$14,464$14,837$15,048$16,499$16,752$17,044$17,725$16,782$16,311$16,245$16,153$17,195$16,745$17,674
Wilson School District$11,517$12,325$12,658$13,294$14,000$14,423$14,774$14,781$15,499$16,148$15,859$15,388$14,981$15,745$16,342$16,350$16,410
Twin Valley School District$12,543$13,522$13,332$13,398$13,180$13,866$14,116$14,735$15,571$15,216$14,692$14,565$14,372$14,929$16,239$16,607$18,444
Tulpehocken Area School District$11,948$13,082$13,594$13,184$13,483$14,463$15,670$17,234$17,596$18,209$18,079$18,207$23,246$29,923$20,725$20,590$20,497
Schuylkill Valley School District$14,436$13,892$13,993$14,678$14,607$14,737$15,905$16,211$17,425$16,710$17,020$17,071$17,488$17,228$29,700$18,448$17,777
Reading School District$9,947$9,343$9,522$9,774$10,266$10,272$10,709$10,899$12,249$13,721$13,686$12,894$11,930$11,514$12,192$12,123$12,794
Kutztown Area School District$13,070$14,196$13,927$14,225$14,935$15,688$16,380$16,762$17,991$18,990$19,151$19,486$24,417$21,495$29,222$22,861$37,825
Oley Valley School District$10,979$11,467$12,076$12,822$13,883$13,604$15,275$15,192$15,514$15,735$15,455$15,853$16,381$16,545$17,475$17,954$18,953
Hamburg Area School District$10,919$10,966$11,176$10,891$11,786$12,514$12,697$13,628$15,133$15,121$14,992$15,038$15,388$15,972$16,599$17,081$17,486
Muhlenberg School District$13,105$13,411$13,555$14,445$14,950$13,768$14,487$14,070$14,651$14,304$13,663$13,149$14,103$14,467$14,358$14,850$15,417
Governor Mifflin School District$11,539$11,695$11,701$12,100$12,224$12,046$14,245$14,343$14,465$13,877$13,901$14,374$14,514$15,261$15,494$16,169$16,171
Fleetwood Area School District$12,436$12,457$12,753$12,453$13,294$13,023$13,890$13,871$14,397$14,561$14,572$14,150$14,639$15,146$16,197$16,675$17,435
Exeter Township School District$11,418$11,455$11,610$12,395$12,790$13,010$16,371$14,178$14,986$17,347$15,128$19,415$24,330$17,761$21,288$17,154$17,566
Daniel Boone Area School District$10,334$11,243$11,023$11,839$12,174$12,613$12,901$12,957$13,862$13,694$13,513$13,432$14,191$14,045$20,721$18,123$26,048
Conrad Weiser Area School District$12,469$12,515$12,980$13,512$14,035$13,449$14,352$13,515$14,398$14,552$15,149$15,017$19,990$15,640$16,807$17,852$18,350
Brandywine Heights Area School District$11,513$11,649$12,906$13,372$14,163$14,442$15,420$16,230$16,740$17,365$17,920$16,847$16,861$18,228$18,918$20,518$21,313
Boyertown Area School District$11,298$11,511$11,481$11,605$12,107$14,356$12,834$12,981$13,368$13,365$13,471$12,591$12,667$13,496$14,754$15,440$15,634
Antietam School District$11,471$11,736$12,489$11,528$11,844$13,337$13,432$13,494$14,113$20,693$14,220$23,604$14,298$14,665$22,387$25,965$16,696

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




Total Spending
20012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania$21,728,036,001$22,529,725,214$23,155,250,535$24,194,454,062$24,656,980,298$25,324,848,118$25,773,300,769$26,088,715,193$26,846,430,617$27,349,860,336$27,349,187,470$26,435,903,883$26,898,991,829$27,053,597,120$28,322,868,188$28,911,985,278$30,495,435,507
Berks County$732,687,853$750,979,795$780,955,826$816,120,453$861,904,559$901,382,676$959,887,502$960,374,936$1,012,933,274$1,052,382,033$1,037,714,776$1,040,696,400$1,065,913,214$1,030,033,950$1,134,016,985$1,095,489,365$1,159,784,031
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city
Berks County Peers
Chester County$906,142,413$954,050,991$1,005,252,928$1,081,791,793$1,119,677,966$1,161,859,101$1,222,571,733$1,221,509,516$1,267,763,801$1,289,083,979$1,267,151,271$1,254,192,565$1,273,359,708$1,278,033,945$1,322,529,317$1,387,137,097$1,417,458,549
Lancaster County$766,892,013$784,487,064$814,737,772$840,222,098$851,214,198$875,143,437$931,998,432$958,701,721$1,002,316,431$1,003,273,380$995,945,678$982,001,246$1,008,511,474$1,025,994,509$1,076,881,183$1,088,440,568$1,137,194,888
Lebanon County$191,458,631$201,944,511$201,605,869$208,701,875$216,651,140$223,857,335$240,144,192$254,313,948$259,608,893$270,368,027$253,462,392$253,236,118$267,177,694$268,446,075$269,182,660$282,339,217$292,770,199
Lehigh County$524,911,374$544,078,558$562,497,601$592,026,688$621,893,756$645,200,180$674,630,631$685,879,010$724,036,016$740,135,391$757,071,163$747,773,258$747,470,731$773,986,705$794,719,376$838,071,017$860,023,461
Montgomery County$1,490,740,808$1,559,060,383$1,634,175,295$1,722,627,407$1,761,676,209$1,847,257,174$1,883,171,173$1,915,856,455$1,973,204,636$1,992,275,366$1,987,698,810$1,973,518,913$2,007,793,424$2,057,625,566$2,151,394,406$2,188,029,643$2,285,943,954
Schuylkill County$224,060,728$233,580,030$260,445,835$237,315,783$267,651,260$256,046,522$246,589,023$250,625,793$268,214,321$288,626,599$264,883,285$289,800,842$262,135,475$281,902,874$320,634,121$309,146,953$288,201,461
School Districts
Wyomissing Area School District$24,076,521$25,015,899$25,371,222$26,972,354$27,948,623$28,877,356$31,496,420$32,066,552$32,262,247$33,839,417$31,705,139$31,429,293$31,400,679$31,122,886$33,472,182$33,034,053$34,691,472
Wilson School District$26,078,466$27,772,918$28,804,665$30,314,180$31,626,943$32,725,371$33,937,843$34,318,743$36,034,856$36,919,272$36,226,391$34,987,405$34,375,864$36,154,622$37,511,028$37,273,063$38,168,547
Twin Valley School District$37,379,044$41,868,226$42,274,638$43,648,717$43,441,050$46,920,142$49,868,802$52,448,862$54,887,759$53,006,902$51,696,176$50,899,117$50,452,498$52,084,223$56,404,898$57,830,816$61,566,486
Tulpehocken Area School District$20,511,611$22,873,461$23,684,859$22,917,716$24,065,631$25,131,182$26,788,412$29,149,179$28,842,058$29,087,783$28,513,399$28,104,277$35,304,541$43,464,091$29,407,632$29,712,783$30,022,857
Schuylkill Valley School District$27,212,943$26,505,754$26,923,115$28,320,998$29,075,998$29,961,330$32,104,013$33,067,867$34,247,998$34,444,667$33,432,163$33,490,722$34,870,479$34,567,617$60,608,257$37,944,000$37,040,247
Reading School District$149,684,258$145,015,287$157,858,477$165,157,883$178,282,825$183,262,273$195,828,715$195,711,833$219,461,072$241,797,740$250,565,415$238,386,068$218,967,725$210,200,064$221,263,899$222,434,005$235,977,356
Kutztown Area School District$23,688,941$25,664,080$25,352,972$25,776,209$26,743,833$27,604,424$28,164,885$28,575,646$29,824,481$30,030,134$30,201,895$29,535,250$36,551,107$31,192,505$40,991,190$31,696,940$51,858,335
Oley Valley School District$23,304,144$23,866,357$26,405,522$27,112,015$28,942,673$28,538,172$31,683,676$30,660,101$31,190,744$30,198,190$29,782,953$29,469,584$29,259,798$29,313,428$30,229,116$30,712,323$31,931,443
Hamburg Area School District$29,312,789$30,010,972$30,461,210$29,726,633$32,129,413$33,979,632$34,193,683$35,725,488$38,678,247$38,287,305$37,465,761$36,970,843$37,167,123$37,083,988$37,660,838$38,641,047$38,904,522
Muhlenberg School District$38,386,794$39,967,066$40,926,411$43,626,841$46,888,268$45,560,022$48,809,143$48,384,929$51,280,602$50,895,519$48,980,365$47,255,062$50,190,187$51,526,288$52,206,375$55,111,168$57,647,344
Governor Mifflin School District$47,691,426$48,102,680$48,777,358$50,354,344$51,721,379$51,762,191$61,209,705$61,214,888$61,754,231$60,735,342$59,704,020$59,742,456$61,933,396$62,819,376$63,480,516$66,579,486$67,611,061
Fleetwood Area School District$30,261,069$31,075,469$32,256,780$32,836,184$35,381,996$35,287,223$37,694,417$38,256,533$39,001,037$39,885,926$40,179,453$38,586,445$39,469,908$40,290,549$42,905,545$43,296,268$44,439,563
Exeter Township School District$43,836,974$44,945,817$46,956,933$50,682,351$53,751,266$56,358,909$72,099,016$62,467,608$66,507,335$76,361,657$67,474,629$84,480,497$104,638,223$74,814,792$88,820,095$70,399,426$70,938,218
Daniel Boone Area School District$31,267,927$35,935,403$36,976,123$41,305,586$43,819,111$48,056,884$50,482,001$51,170,610$55,125,123$55,786,442$53,850,772$52,429,365$52,746,643$52,194,876$75,459,695$63,891,373$91,468,135
Conrad Weiser Area School District$33,006,442$33,413,137$35,157,058$37,517,210$39,902,555$40,016,969$42,991,429$41,296,475$43,013,204$42,847,142$43,723,506$43,293,426$55,314,152$43,682,550$45,383,231$47,556,532$48,294,574
Brandywine Heights Area School District$23,622,029$23,901,351$25,738,997$27,134,057$28,463,535$28,679,444$29,961,950$30,977,571$31,048,984$30,864,762$32,092,237$28,438,109$28,047,127$29,131,565$29,143,533$30,772,680$31,090,494
Boyertown Area School District$76,154,003$77,775,393$78,930,931$80,940,864$86,066,236$101,667,464$91,717,148$92,689,551$95,371,664$95,947,393$97,745,921$92,783,477$93,019,252$98,483,216$106,430,605$110,224,138$111,580,709
Antietam School District$12,162,432$12,535,459$13,316,868$12,791,362$13,150,344$14,826,565$15,171,076$15,046,943$15,294,668$22,758,268$15,436,970$25,000,537$14,862,745$15,456,039$24,114,468$27,783,768$18,395,008

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education
Notes: Figures are in constant 2016 dollars.




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