Alaska Education Funding: Spend More, Get Less

Education, Fiscal Policy — By on March 9, 2016 at 4:44 PM

Here’s another great chart showing Alaska as a statistical outlier in K-12 spending, in constant dollars.  No other state comes close to Alaska in K-12 spending increases during this period.  Even with this spending growth our improvement in reading scores was half as fast as California and Arizona, even though those states saw a constant dollar decline in K-12 spending.

NAEP Reading 8th grade AK spends most

Despite our modest growth in NAEP reading scores, between 2003 and 2015, Alaska was still 50th (dead last) in low-income 4th grade reading; 49th in upper/middle income 4th grade reading; 48th in low-income 8th grade reading and 42nd in upper/middle-income 8th grade reading in 2015.

In 2013 and 2015 the average Alaskan 4th grader scored lower than low-income Hispanic 4th graders in Florida!

Alaska’s K12 education model is seriously broken.  Do any elected officials have the political will to fix it–for the kids?


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