The amount spent per pupil for public elementary-secondary education for all 50 states and the District of Columbia increased by 3.2 percent to $11,762 during the 2016 fiscal year, according to the US Census. Of the 50 states, Connecticut is the third largest spender at $18,958 per pupil annually. Only New York ($22,366) and the District of Columbia ($19,159) have a higher per-pupil score.
In spite of the investment in education, however, gaps in achievement between the state’s most vulnerable students and their peers remain unchanged (as of the end of the 2017 school year), according to the CT Mirror. About two-thirds of white students are at grade level in English versus one-third of black and Hispanic students. Connecticut has for years had one of the highest achievement gaps based on family income.