With all the controversy over school funding, I thought it would be interesting to look at how states rank in spending per student, adjusted for cost of living, and test scores. I used 2019, the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 8th grade math scores, that I could find, and compared the top 15 states in per student spending, and the bottom 15 in per student spending. Among the top 15 states in per student spending, 7 were in the top 15 in 8th grade math test scores and 4 were in the bottom 15. Among the bottom 15 states in per student spending, 5 were in the bottom 15 states in 8th grade math test scores. There were actually 2 that were in the top 15 in scores.

State Senator Julian Garrett

State Senator Julian Garrett

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