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

February 1, 2003

Cost Per ProficientFourth-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)/%

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Cost Per Proficient
Fourth-Grade Reader
StateNAEP 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 States29$6,189$107,000
Alabama24$4,849$101,000
Alaska-$8,271-
Arizona22$4,595$104,000
Arkansas23$4,708$102,000
California20$5,644$141,000
Colorado34$5,656$83,200
Connecticut46$8,901$96,800
Delaware25$7,420$148,000
Florida23$5,552$121,000
Georgia24$5,647$118,000
Hawaii17$5,858$172,000
Idaho-$4,721-
Illinois-$6,242-
Indiana-$6,318-
Iowa35$5,998$85,700
Kansas34$5,727$84,200
Kentucky29$5,213$89,900
Louisiana19$5,187$136,000
Maine36$6,742$93,600
Maryland29$7,034$121,000
Massachusetts37$7,778$105,000
Michigan28$7,050$126,000
Minnesota36$6,388$88,700
Mississippi18$4,288$119,000
Missouri29$5,565$96,000
Montana37$5,724$77,400
Nebraska-$5,958-
Nevada21$5,295$126,000
New Hampshire38$6,156$81,000
New Jersey-$9,643-
New Mexico22$5,005$114,000
New York29$8,852$153,000
North Carolina28$5,257$93,900
North Dakota-$5,056-
Ohio-$6,198-
Oklahoma30$5,033$83,900
Oregon28$6,419$115,000
Pennsylvania-$7,209-
Rhode Island32$7,928$124,000
South Carolina22$5,320$121,000
South Dakota-$4,669-
Tennessee25$4,937$98,700
Texas29$5,444$93,900
Utah28$3,969$70,900
Vermont-$7,075-
Virginia30$6,065$101,000
Washington29$6,040$104,000
West Virginia29$6,323$109,000
Wisconsin34$7,123$105,000
Wyoming30$6,218$104,000
District of Columbia10$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.
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Dr. Herbert Walberg is a senior fellow with The Heartland Institute and a former member of its Board of Directors.
hwalberg@yahoo.com

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