While the U.S. is one of the most educated countries in the world, it doesn’t provide the same quality elementary school or secondary school education to all students. In many states, more affluent school districts receive a greater amount of funding per student than poorer districts.
Discrepancies between the rich and poor have been exacerbated even more this year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Low-income students have suffered the greatest “learning loss” due to partial or total remote learning. One contributing factor is that people in low-income districts are less likely to have the technological resources they need.
States that provide equitable funding to all school districts can help prevent poor students from having lower graduation rates, lower rates of pursuing higher education and smaller future incomes than their wealthy peers. The difference is dramatic: College graduates have $524 - $1,112 higher median weekly earnings than people with a high school diploma and no college experience, depending on the degree.
New York has the least equitable school districts in the U.S. overall, but some districts within the state are fairer than others. To find out where school funding is distributed most equitably, WalletHub scored 677 districts in New York based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil. Read on for the district ranking and a complete description of our methodology.
Note: For visual purposes, we included only the top 7 school districts by enrollment from each category.
Most & Least Equitable School Districts in New York
|Rank*||School District||Score||Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Schools per Pupil||Income by School District|
|1||Patchogue-Medford Union Free School District||0.01||$22,745||$83,245|
|2||Copiague Union Free School District||0.55||$25,095||$76,514|
|3||Wallkill Central School District||0.57||$24,062||$79,677|
|4||New Lebanon Central School District||0.64||$25,218||$76,208|
|5||Eldred Central School District||0.77||$27,835||$68,328|
|6||Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School District||0.83||$31,610||$56,875|
|7||Schalmont Central School District||0.92||$22,832||$82,282|
|8||Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School District||1.17||$29,901||$60,556|
|9||Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District||1.2||$25,313||$74,511|
|10||Georgetown-South Otselic Central School District||1.33||$31,307||$56,150|
|11||Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District||1.42||$18,791||$96,382|
|12||New Rochelle City School District||1.54||$23,768||$81,311|
|13||Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District||1.64||$19,271||$95,083|
|14||William Floyd Union Free School District||1.83||$23,964||$80,932|
|15||Brentwood Union Free School District||2.46||$21,434||$85,369|
|16||Rondout Valley Central School District||2.7||$30,280||$62,354|
|17||Wheelerville Union Free School District||2.72||$30,729||$56,855|
|18||Freeport Union Free School District||2.87||$23,985||$81,665|
|19||Hyde Park Central School District||2.88||$24,263||$76,431|
|20||Hampton Bays Union Free School District||2.88||$23,264||$79,470|
|21||Sharon Springs Central School District||3.12||$31,042||$55,592|
|22||Tri-Valley Central School District||3.29||$29,612||$64,840|
|23||Lansing Central School District||3.57||$22,712||$80,625|
|24||Lake George Central School District||3.89||$28,447||$68,846|
|25||Valley Central School District (Montgomery)||4.05||$23,638||$83,619|
|26||Nyc Chancellor'S Office||4.24||$28,004||$63,998|
|27||Mount Vernon School District||4.31||$29,329||$59,907|
|28||Chatham Central School District||4.53||$25,969||$69,972|
|29||New Paltz Central School District||4.77||$26,503||$75,437|
|30||Northeast Central School District||4.81||$28,298||$62,663|
In order to rank the states with the most and least equitable school districts, WalletHub first scored 12,927 school districts throughout the U.S. based on two metrics: average household income and expenditures for public elementary and secondary schools per pupil.
For expenditures, for each 1 percent above the state's average we removed 1 point from a base score of 50 points for each district. For household income, for each 1 percent above the state's average we added 1 point to a base score of 50 points for each district. The inverse was true for each 1 percent below the state's average.
The final score for each district was calculated by taking the absolute difference between the score for expenditures and the score for household income. We then ranked the districts based on the total score, with the lowest value, representing the most equitable, being ranked 1.
Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau and the National Center for Education Statistics.