Reading Proficiency and Cost Per Student in the U.S.

Would anyone want their child to read BELOW the proficient level in reading after twelve years of schooling? Not me.  Especially when schools where systematic, synthetic, direct instruction in the alphabetic principle are educating all of their students to read proficiently.

Below is the definition of the NAEP achievement level for a proficient reader:

“Proficient. One of the three NAEP achievement levels, representing solid academic performance for each grade assessed. Students reaching this level have demonstrated competency over challenging subject matter, including subject-matter knowledge, application of such knowledge to real-world situations, and analytical skills appropriate to the subject matter.”

How much money is being spent to educate your K-12 student?

Per Pupil Expenditure

Below is an analysis of state spending on K-12 education per pupil for the 2008-2009 school year in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The analysis details how state expenditures interact with other important education indicators, such as student demographics and achievement.

State spending per pupil varies dramatically across the United States.1
Per-pupil spending—which includes funding from federal, state, and local sources—ranged from as little as $6,612 in Utah to as much as $19,698 in the District of Columbia in the 2008-09 school year. The five states with the highest average per-pupil spending—the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Alaska, and Connecticut—averaged $17,045 per student. This amount was over twice that of the five states with the lowest average per-pupil expenditures. These states—Utah , Idaho, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Tennessee—averaged just $7,506 per student.

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