NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


April 11, 2008

There is no direct correlation between conventional measures of education inputs, such as expenditures per pupil and teacher salaries, and educational outputs, such as average scores on standardized tests, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) 2007 Report Card on American Education. 

Other findings:

  • Class sizes today are 15 percent smaller than they were 20 years ago, yet of the 10 states that experienced the greatest decreases, only one (Vermont) is found among the highest performing states in the rankings.
  • Expenditures have risen nationally to an all-time high of $9,295 per pupil.
  • Yet, student performance has improved only slightly; 69 percent of American eighth-graders are still performing below proficiency in math and 71 percent in reading, according to the 2007 National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).

Raising student achievement levels and improving our schools must involve new and innovative solutions, and examining the data in this publication is a step in the right direction, says ALEC Education Task Force Chairman, Sen. Nancy Spence (R-Colo.).  We need to hold our schools accountable, demand results, and provide parents with more choices when it comes to their children's education."

Source: "National Ranking of State Education Released: American Legislative Exchange Council's Report Card on American Education," ALEC, March 13, 2008.


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