Published by the National Comprehensive Center, this paper introduces the new School Spending Data Archive, which will capture school-by-school spending figures reported by each state (as required by ESSA). The data are being aggregated, normed, and made comparable, publicly accessible, and aligned with other national-scale data sets, including those with student demographics and outcomes.
The paper describes how these new state data differ from other attempts to capture school-level financials, and how the archive will be a repository for school-by-school spending data that is reliable and useful for researchers by:
- Building apples-to-apples comparisons across districts, states, and years
- Providing research-ready data that can easily be merged with existing data sets
- Preserving longitudinal or cross-state data
The School Spending Data Archive will usher in the next generation of education research by enabling easier cost-benefit analysis and new research on equity, innovation, and productivity at the school level.