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Wednesday, January 19, 2005


School funding

So how much do we pay for the fine public education our children are getting? Here, in Oregon, we spend almost $8,000 per pupil, which is slightly higher than the national average of $7,734. The spending per pupil for all states is in this graph.

Note: The Education Week Research Center adjusted the per-pupil education expenditures for regional cost differences using the NCES Geographic Cost of Education Index.
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So what do we get for all this money? Not much more than states spending much less and sometimes more than states that spend much more.

Student Achievement in Oregon:
4th graders proficient or above in math 33%
8th graders proficient or above in math 32%
4th graders proficient or above in reading 31%
8th graders proficient or above in reading 33%

Let's compare these numbers to numbers from the state that spends the least.

Student Achievement in Utah:
4th graders proficient or above in math 31%
8th graders proficient or above in math 31%
4th graders proficient or above in reading 32%
8th graders proficient or above in reading 32%

Wow! The students of Utah are almost as good as students in Oregon for the whopping $5,132 per pupil, which incidentally is what I pay for my 2 children who go to a private school. To be fair, the Diocese of Portland and the Parish of St. Matthew probably double this amount. So the real cost of private education at St. Matthew Catholic School is around $5,000 per pupil. But I'm pretty sure that the achievement numbers are much, much better.

Just for completeness, let's compare these numbers to numbers at the most expensive school system, District of Columbia, which spends over $11,000 per pupil.

Student Achievement in D.C.:
4th graders proficient or above in math 7%
8th graders proficient or above in math 6%
4th graders proficient or above in reading 10%
8th graders proficient or above in reading 10%

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