Utah > Overall grade: C- > Per pupil spending: $6,980 (the smallest) > High school graduation rate: 78.0% (17th lowest) > Pct. of eligible children enrolled in preschool: 42.3% (17th lowest)
Education spending per student in Utah is the lowest in the country, averaging just $6,980 each year. Low funding may be the result of recent tax cuts as well as the state’s disproportionately high share of school-age children. The districts that spend heavily in Utah are the wealthiest ones, and the tie between property values and district funding in the state is the second strongest in the country. Nevertheless, just 1.1% of Utah’s schoolchildren receive equal or greater funding than the $11,667 average U.S. spending. Despite poor funding, Utah students exhibit formidable academic achievement. Utah children score amongst the best of any state in reading and mathematics standardized tests.
The top-10 state public school systems were:
Oklahoma, Idaho, New Mexico, Mississippi and Nevada were at the bottom of the list.