U.S. public schools spent, on average, $8,701 per pupil in 2005, reports the Census Bureau.
New York was the biggest spender on education, at $14,119 per student, with New Jersey second at $13,800 and Washington, D.C., third at $12,979, the Census Bureau said.
The states with the lowest spending were Utah, at $5,257 per pupil, Arizona $6,261, Idaho $6,283, Mississippi $6,575 and Oklahoma $6,613.
Spending rose by 5 percent from the previous year. Only 9.1 percent of K-12 funding comes from the federal government; that’s up significantly because of No Child Left Behind.
The correlation between spending and performance is weak: Washington, D.C. often ranks first in spending and last in performance. Some Western and Great Plains states have below-average funding and above-average scores.