Table: State-by-State Cost Per Proficient Fourth-Grade Reader

Table: State-by-State Cost Per Proficient Fourth-Grade Reader
February 1, 2003

Herbert J. Walberg

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Cost Per Proficient
Fourth-Grade Reader
State NAEP Student Achievement: % scoring at or above proficient in Grade 4 reading (1998) % Annual Current Expenditure Per Pupil (1997-98) $ Cost to Produce a Proficient Fourth-Grader in 1998 ($ x 5)/%
United States 29 $6,189 $107,000
Alabama 24 $4,849 $101,000
Alaska - $8,271 -
Arizona 22 $4,595 $104,000
Arkansas 23 $4,708 $102,000
California 20 $5,644 $141,000
Colorado 34 $5,656 $83,200
Connecticut 46 $8,901 $96,800
Delaware 25 $7,420 $148,000
Florida 23 $5,552 $121,000
Georgia 24 $5,647 $118,000
Hawaii 17 $5,858 $172,000
Idaho - $4,721 -
Illinois - $6,242 -
Indiana - $6,318 -
Iowa 35 $5,998 $85,700
Kansas 34 $5,727 $84,200
Kentucky 29 $5,213 $89,900
Louisiana 19 $5,187 $136,000
Maine 36 $6,742 $93,600
Maryland 29 $7,034 $121,000
Massachusetts 37 $7,778 $105,000
Michigan 28 $7,050 $126,000
Minnesota 36 $6,388 $88,700
Mississippi 18 $4,288 $119,000
Missouri 29 $5,565 $96,000
Montana 37 $5,724 $77,400
Nebraska - $5,958 -
Nevada 21 $5,295 $126,000
New Hampshire 38 $6,156 $81,000
New Jersey - $9,643 -
New Mexico 22 $5,005 $114,000
New York 29 $8,852 $153,000
North Carolina 28 $5,257 $93,900
North Dakota - $5,056 -
Ohio - $6,198 -
Oklahoma 30 $5,033 $83,900
Oregon 28 $6,419 $115,000
Pennsylvania - $7,209 -
Rhode Island 32 $7,928 $124,000
South Carolina 22 $5,320 $121,000
South Dakota - $4,669 -
Tennessee 25 $4,937 $98,700
Texas 29 $5,444 $93,900
Utah 28 $3,969 $70,900
Vermont - $7,075 -
Virginia 30 $6,065 $101,000
Washington 29 $6,040 $104,000
West Virginia 29 $6,323 $109,000
Wisconsin 34 $7,123 $105,000
Wyoming 30 $6,218 $104,000
District of Columbia 10 $8,393 $420,000
NAEP data are published by the National Center for Education Statistics at the U.S. Department of Education, located at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard.



Current expenditures per pupil are derived from data in the report, Early Estimates of Public Elementary and Secondar Education Statistics: School Year 2001-2002, published in April 2002 by the National Center for Education Statistics. The report is available from the NCES Web site at http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2002/2002311.pdf.



Note: The states with incomplete data did not participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress survey.

Herbert J. Walberg

Dr. Herbert Walberg is a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute and chairman of its Board of... (read full bio)