The new BEF formula starts at the core with the number of students, or ADMs, in each school district using an average across three years. For each school district, the formula adds to that component additional ADMs based on the number of students a school district has in each of the several student-weight categories, such as students living in acute poverty, students living in moderate poverty, students living in concentrated poverty, students who are English language learners and students who attend charter schools.

This student-weighted methodology and the individual components were developed by the bi-partisan Basic Education Funding Commission. The Commission received public testimony and recognized in its report that these categories of students required additional educational resources from the state to succeed. The Commission developed the methodology for calculating the additional ADMs for each component of the formula. We will dive deeper into this methodology as we cover each of the individual components over the next several days. In sum, this methodology uses a statewide weight value for each component that is then applied to each school district's measure.

After calculating all of the student-weighted components for each district, the formula adds all of them together with the district's 3-year average ADMs, resulting in "weighted-student count" (the total student count with additional weights). For example, if a school district's 3-year average ADMs equal 1,081 and the formula adds additional ADMs for the above weights, the formula would work like this:

This student-weighted methodology and the individual components were developed by the bi-partisan Basic Education Funding Commission. The Commission received public testimony and recognized in its report that these categories of students required additional educational resources from the state to succeed. The Commission developed the methodology for calculating the additional ADMs for each component of the formula. We will dive deeper into this methodology as we cover each of the individual components over the next several days. In sum, this methodology uses a statewide weight value for each component that is then applied to each school district's measure.

After calculating all of the student-weighted components for each district, the formula adds all of them together with the district's 3-year average ADMs, resulting in "weighted-student count" (the total student count with additional weights). For example, if a school district's 3-year average ADMs equal 1,081 and the formula adds additional ADMs for the above weights, the formula would work like this:

The __391.3__ additional student weighted ADMs are added to the __1,081__ 3-year average ADM, resulting in __1,473.2__ ADMs counted after the first step of the formula.

While we’ll spend the next few days taking an in-depth look at each component in the student-weighted portion of the formula, take a look at the map below, which illustrates the total additional ADMs added in each school district due to the student-weighted factors in the new BEF formula.

While we’ll spend the next few days taking an in-depth look at each component in the student-weighted portion of the formula, take a look at the map below, which illustrates the total additional ADMs added in each school district due to the student-weighted factors in the new BEF formula.