Alaska K12 Costs More with Less Return on Investment

By now, we have all heard the outcries from the K12 public education establishment, including district superintendents, the teachers unions, and the fundraising arm of the NEA, Great Alaska Schools.  Rather than pay attention to emotional  screaming by wealthy people with bullhorns, let’s take a look at the facts.

Did you know that Alaska is #2 in K12 per capita spending EVEN when adjusted for the high cost of living which many in the education establishment crow about?

Did you know that Alaska is #4 in the Rate of Increase in K12 spending from 2003-2013?

Did you know that Alaska spends much more and has increased spending much faster than those states that lead the US in early childhood literacy?

Rather than screaming with bullhorns, we strongly recommend that these wealthy people and the education establishment use some critical thinking skills–skills which the K12 public education system promotes.

                                            Alaska’s K12 Education Return on Investment
State 2013 State and Local

K12 Spending per Capita

(NEA)

Cost of Living Index

(C2ER)

State and Local K12 Spending per Capita

Adjusted for Cost of Living

(NEA and C2ER)

Cost Rank Adjusted for Cost of Living   2013 NAEP

4th Grade Reading Rank

Low Income

2013 NAEP

4th Grade Reading Rank

Upper/Middle Income

Wyoming $        2,888 96.7 $                               2,987 1 4th 34th
Alaska $      3,404 131.4 $                              2,591 2        50th 48th
Nebraska $        1,943 89.5 $                               2,171 3 24th 27th
New Mexico $        1,949 92.3 $                               2,112 4 49th 49th
New York $        2,847 136.4 $                               2,087 5 15th 14th
Ohio $        1,913 92.5 $                               2,068 6 30th 20th
New Jersey $        2,656 130 $                               2,043 7 13th 5th
Iowa $        1,878 92.1 $                               2,039 8 31th 30th
Texas $        1,831 91.8 $                              1,995 9 36th 29th
Illinois $        1,906 95.6 $                               1,994 10 43rd 26th
Arkansas $        1,825 91.6 $                               1,992 11 28th 32nd
Kansas $        1,831 92 $                              1,990 12 22nd 13th
Wisconsin $        1,902 96.5 $                               1,971 13 38th 31st
Vermont $        2,349 120.5 $                               1,949 14 19th 10th
Pennsylvania $        1,937 100.7 $                              1,924 15 14th 8th
Louisiana $        1,787 95 $                               1,881 16 42nd 44th
Michigan $        1,773 94.8 $                               1,870 17 37th 38th
Georgia $        1,720 92.9 $                               1,851 18 18th 9th
West Virginia $        1,787 97.2 $                               1,838 19 17th 50th
Minnesota $        1,868 101.9 $                               1,833 20 27th 19th
Virginia $        1,763 96.2 $                               1,833 21 26th 6th
US Average $        1,823 100 $                               1,823        
North Dakota $        1,804 99.9 $                               1,806 22 11th 43rd
Connecticut $        2,384 132.6 $                               1,798 23 21st 3rd
Delaware $1,911 107.2 $                               1,783 24 5th 16th
New Hampshire $        2,100 120.7 $                               1,740 25 2nd 12th
Maryland $        2,064 119.9 $                               1,721 26 3rd 2nd
Kentucky $        1,546 90.1 $                               1,716 27 9th 21st
Alabama $        1,583 92.4 $                               1,713 28 33rd 25th
South Carolina $        1,622 95.6 $                               1,697 29 44th 35th
Missouri $        1,568 92.8 $                               1,690 30 19th 24th
Maine $        1,840 110.6 $                               1,664 31 7th 28th
Montana $        1,624 98.4 $                               1,650 32 12th 34th
Indiana $        1,494 90.6 $                               1,649 33 6th 22nd
Rhode Island $        2,049 125.7 $                               1,630 34 35th 11th
Washington $        1,672 102.6 $                               1,630 35 25th 15th
Massachusetts $        1,976 122.1 $                               1,618 36 8th 1st
Mississippi $        1,435 89.1 $                               1,611 37 45th 39th
Colorado $        1,600 99.5 $                               1,608 38 20th 7th
Oklahoma $        1,452 90.4 $                               1,606 39 32nd 42nd
Utah $        1,450 91.1 $                               1,592 40 23th 36th
South Dakota $        1,583 99.6 $                               1,589 41 41st 46th
Nevada $        1,473 95.5 $                               1,542 42 40th 40th
Tennessee $        1,345 90.2 $                               1,491 43 39th 18th
Oregon $        1,555 106.8 $                               1,456 44 34th 23rd
North Carolina $        1,360 95.9 $                              1,418 45 16th 17th
Florida $        1,380 98.2 $                               1,405 46 1st 4th
Idaho $        1,198 89.8 $                               1,334 47 29th 41st
California $        1,684 128.1 $                              1,315 48 48th 37th
Arizona $        1,244 101.9 $                               1,221 49 47th 47th
Hawaii $        1,410 156.9 $                                 899 50 46th 45th
Ref: National Education Association Rankings and Estimates, The Council for Community and Economic Research, US Department of Education

 

 

                                  2003-2013 Growth in K-12 per Student Spending
2003 2013   % Increase
State Per Student Per Student  Growth Rank  

Per Student

 

Vermont  $      11,548  $     26,103 1 126.0%
Rhode Island  $      10,562  $     21,832 2 106.7%
New Hampshire  $        9,131  $     16,093 3 76.2%
Alaska  $      11,233  $     19,662 4 75.0%
Wyoming  $        9,963  $     17,273 5 73.4%
Montana  $        8,259  $     13,663 6 65.4%
Delaware  $      10,370  $     17,138 7 65.3%
Hawaii  $        8,759  $     13,973 8 59.5%
Maryland  $        9,316  $     14,674 9 57.5%
Arkansas  $        6,195  $       9,696 10 56.5%
Pennsylvania  $        9,669  $     15,000 11 55.1%
New Jersey  $      11,565  $     17,938 12 55.1%
Michigan  $        9,038  $     13,979 13 54.7%
Utah  $        5,058  $       7,643 14 51.1%
Iowa  $        7,430  $     11,201 15 50.8%
Connecticut  $      12,014  $     17,930 16 49.2%
Louisiana  $        7,485  $     10,995 17 46.9%
Massachusetts  $      11,184  $     16,314 18 45.9%
Mississippi  $        6,226  $       8,880 19 42.6%
Alabama  $        6,749  $       9,582 20 42.0%
Missouri  $        7,674  $     10,872 21 41.7%
Tennessee  $        6,631  $       9,320 22 40.6%
Minnesota  $        9,129  $     12,820 23 40.4%
Oregon  $        8,195  $     11,302 24 37.9%
Washington  $        7,747  $     10,462 25 35.0%
Colorado  $        8,472  $     11,391 26 34.5%
Idaho  $        6,778  $       9,113 27 34.4%
Nebraska  $        7,671  $     10,273 28 33.9%
Kentucky  $        8,171  $     10,926 29 33.7%
Kansas  $        8,305  $     11,052 30 33.1%
New York  $      12,116  $     15,974 31 31.8%
US Average  $       8,630  $    11,322 31.2%
West Virginia  $        9,584  $     12,567 32 31.1%
South Carolina  $        7,733  $        10,095 33 30.5%
Ohio  $        9,563  $     12,409 34 29.8%
North Carolina  $        7,103  $       9,191 35 29.4%
Florida  $        6,862  $       8,841 36 28.8%
Oklahoma  $        6,577  $       8,444 37 28.4%
Arizona  $        5,486  $       7,021 38 28.0%
South Dakota  $        7,174  $       9,139 39 27.4%
North Dakota  $        6,879  $       8,730 40 26.9%
US Inflation 2003-13 26.6%
Virginia  $        9,322  $     11,720 41 25.7%
Illinois  $      10,645  $     13,356 42 25.5%
Nevada  $        6,671  $       8,340 43 25.0%
Wisconsin  $        9,802  $     12,039 44 22.8%
New Mexico  $        8,193  $       9,920 45 21.1%
California  $        7,860  $       9,072 46 15.4%
Texas  $        7,786  $       8,944 47 14.9%
Georgia  $        8,964  $       9,922 48 10.7%
Indiana  $        8,709  $       8,506 49 -2.3%
Maine  $      10,349  $       9,424 50 -8.9%
Source: NEA Rankings and Estimate 2005 and 2015 Table H-14

 

 

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