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
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
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
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
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
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
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.




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
Employment to Population ratio Increasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing