July 31, 2012
The U.S. spends almost $11,000 on every K-12 student. Other nations spend less – and get better results.
We spend an average $10,995 in public dollars on each US elementary and secondary student, but other countries spend less to get better reading, math and science test scores. Japan spends $8,301 per student and South Korea spends less, at $6,723, but both outpace US academic performance. The US outlay per student is $2,826 more than the average in industrialized countries. Then again, the biggest spenders per student – Luxembourg, Norway, and Switzerland – have mixed results compared to the US.
US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics: “The Condition of Education 2012” report (Indicators 22 and 26, Tables A-22-1, A-26-1 through A-26-30)
OECD: “Annual Expenditures per Student, by Educational Institutions on Core Services, Ancillary Services and R&D (2008)” (Table B1.2)
What Do Others Say:
Harvard University: “Achievement growth: International and U.S. state trends in student performance”