Education spending, student enrollment, and spending per student from 2005-2006 to 2016-2017

Note: Data for this application are compiled from the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) and provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Visitors to the OSDE website will notice a sharp drop in expenditures after the 2015-2016 school year. This is due largely to HB 1202, which codifies NCES current spending as the official definition of per-pupil spending. However, in order to maintain transparency and year-to-year consistency, this application will continue to report nearly all spending. (One notable exception: hundreds of millions of dollars in annual state contributions to the Oklahoma Teacher Retirement System. This money bypasses the school districts’ payroll and is sent directly to TRS.)

All spending and revenue graphs and tables on this application are adjusted for inflation using the CPI Inflation Calculator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.