Education $$ Vary, As Do Results

September 17, 2012

This table is rank-ordered by spending per pupil.  As explained in the article on education spending, some states get more for their dollar than others. “Bookworms” spent more than the median spending level and scored higher than the median composite score. “Under-achievers” spent more but scored under the median. Conversely, “over-achievers” spent less but got better results. “Truants” spent less and got less.

Per-Pupil Composite
Rank State Expenditures Test Scores Grade
1 New York $17,586 1006.16 Under-achiever
2 New Jersey 17,064 1048.56 Bookworm
3 Alaska 15,310 988.84 Under-achiever
4 Connecticut 15,260 1031.52 Bookworm
5 Vermont 15,029 1041.13 Bookworm
6 Wyoming 14,747 1025.27 Bookworm
7 Rhode Island 14,491 1012.10 Under-achiever
8 Massachusetts 14,478 1064.05 Bookworm
9 Maryland 13,706 1037.11 Bookworm
10 New Hampshire 12,405 1046.36 Bookworm
11 Delaware 12,390 1014.10 Bookworm
12 Hawaii 12,370 987.46 Under-achiever
13 Pennsylvania 12,115 1026.74 Bookworm
14 Maine 11,977 1024.90 Bookworm
15 Wisconsin 11,171 1021.76 Bookworm
16 Illinois 11,120 1007.07 Under-achiever
17 Minnesota 11,067 1036.59 Bookworm
18 Virginia 10,972 1028.24 Bookworm
19 Nebraska 10,860 1014.02 Bookworm
20 West Virginia 10,828 978.41 Under-achiever
21 Louisiana 10,684 968.72 Under-achiever
22 Ohio 10,616 1024.75 Bookworm
23 Kansas 10,261 1026.78 Bookworm
24 Michigan 10,171 1000.63 Under-achiever
25 Montana 10,092 1034.72 Bookworm
26 Iowa 10,010 1012.79 Truant
27 Missouri 9,868 1009.55 Truant
28 Oregon 9,777 1000.10 Truant
29 North Dakota 9,767 1031.43 Over-achiever
30 Georgia 9,685 1000.02 Truant
31 New Mexico 9,683 971.17 Truant
32 Washington 9,648 1019.40 Over-achiever
33 California 9,471 973.23 Truant
34 South Carolina 9,303 993.51 Truant
35 Indiana 9,248 1014.30 Over-achiever
36 Alabama 8,996 979.08 Truant
37 Colorado 8,963 1030.27 Over-achiever
38 South Dakota 8,881 1020.35 Over-achiever
39 Arkansas 8,853 992.55 Truant
40 Kentucky 8,836 1016.41 Over-achiever
41 Florida 8,747 1004.31 Truant
42 Texas 8,703 1011.20 Truant
43 North Carolina 8,468 1015.07 Over-achiever
44 Nevada 8,398 985.91 Truant
45 Tennessee 8,055 980.79 Truant
46 Mississippi 8,028 962.13 Truant
47 Arizona 7,931 986.73 Truant
48 Oklahoma 7,915 992.21 Truant
49 Idaho 7,194 1015.85 Over-achiever
50 Utah 6,314 1013.35 Truant

Source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

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