Utah spends its education dollars most efficiently, scoring 86 points on the Nation’s Report Card for every $1,000 spent on education. Despite spending only $6,441 per pupil, less than any other state, Utah’s combined reading and math score on the Nation’s Report Card beats 20 other states.
Nationwide, math and reading points per every $1,000 spent on education range from 28 in New York to 86 in Utah. The District of Columbia performs even worse than New York, earning only 26 points per $1,000 spent. The District of Columbia spends $19,847 per pupil, more than any state, and gets the lowest combined math and reading score, 513 points, on the Nation’s Report Card. Meanwhile, New York spends $19,396 per pupil, the most of any state.
Massachusetts has the best combined score on the Nation’s Report Card, with math and reading results combining for 578 points on average. Despite that, it receives just 39 points for every $1,000 spent per pupil, 15th worst in the nation.
Mississippi is the state with the lowest combined math and reading scores in the nation, with just 524 points on the Nation’s Report Card. However, it gets 65 points per every $1,000 spent per pupil, 10th best in the nation.
The Nation’s Report Card, which gets results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, is widely-considered to be the gold standard measure of educational success. Given semi-annually, NAEP results from this article are from 2013.
New state fiscal data for the 2011 to 2012 school year was released in January by the National Center for Education Statistics.
States in the Northeast get relatively little for the dollars they spend on education, with every state getting fewer than 50 points for every $1,000 spent. States in the West and South perform better. Louisiana is the only Southern state to get fewer than 50 points for $1,000 spent.