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HIGHER PER-PUPIL SPENDING, LOW TEST SCORES MAKE THE CASE FOR SCHOOL CHOICE

May 1, 2006

The District of Columbia spends far more money per student in its public elementary and secondary schools each year than the tuition costs at many private elementary schools, or even college-preparatory secondary schools. Yet, District 8th-graders ranked dead last in 2005 in national reading and math tests, says Human Events.

  • D.C.'s public elementary and secondary schools spent a total of $16,334 per student in the 2002-2003 school year, according to a Department of Education study.
  • That compares to the $10,520 tuition at St. John's College High School, a District Catholic school that sends almost all its graduates to four-year colleges.

However:

  • Last year, only 12 percent of 8th-graders in the District's public schools scored at grade-level proficiency or better in reading on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests that were administered in the District and all 50 states.
  • Only 7 percent of the District's public-school 8th-graders scored grade-level proficiency or better in math.

Not one U.S. state can boast that a majority of the 8th-graders in its public schools last year had achieved grade-level proficiency or better in either reading or math, says Human Events.

Source: Editorial, "High Per-Pupil Spending, Low Test Scores Make the Case for School Choice," Human Events, March 20, 2006.

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