Research suggests increased spending on education can improve student outcomes, especially among low-income students. This means that targeted increases in funding could help narrow the achievement gap between poor and nonpoor students. But given the complexities of our school finance system, can policymakers actually direct funds to the students who need them most?
How well do states educate their students? This tool lets you compare student performance while controlling for different demographic factors to better understand how your state stacks up.
College affordability and access are national issues, but students in different states face different circumstances. Enrollment, funding, and tuition in public colleges and universities vary widely across states, and have evolved with states’ economies and policy priorities. Our dashboard illustrates those differences and how they have changed over time.
Rising concerns over college tuition and student debt, combined with the widespread conviction that a degree is essential for a middle-class lifestyle, have led to a sense that college in the United States has become "unaffordable." But what does affordability actually mean? Explore affordability from all angles on our website.