Welcome

The School Finance Indicators Database is a collection of sophisticated school finance measures for assessing the adequacy and fairness of each state’s revenue, spending, and resource allocation, and for comparing these outcomes between states. The database is designed for use not only by researchers, but also by parents, policymakers, journalists, and the general public.

The primary product of the system is the State Indicators Database, a collection of 130 state-by-state school finance measures, most of which are available for all years between 1993 and 2016. Key findings from this dataset are presented in our annual report. Users can also download the District Indicators Database, a more detailed district-by-district collection of variables, many of which are used to construct the state indicators.

It is our hope and intention that our data, and analyses based on these data, will help to inform and improve debates about school finance policy in the U.S.

Getting Started


The School Finance Indicators Database is compiled and published by researchers at the Albert Shanker Institute and the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.


Latest News

NEW RESEARCH BRIEF: School Finance and Teacher Pay Competitiveness

July 2019. Download the brief.

Latest Annual Report

The Adequacy and Fairness of State School Finance Systems

The first edition of our annual report presenting findings from the School Finance Indicators Database for School Year 2015-2016. Released April 2019. Download the report.

Latest Research Briefs

School Finance and Teacher Pay Competitiveness

An analysis of the relationship between teacher/non-teacher wage gaps and state school finance systems. Released July 2019. Download the brief.