�D.C. Public Schools Spent $31,843 Per Pupil; But D.C. 8th Graders Had Lowest Math and Reading Scores in Nation,� reports CNS News. Washington, DC spent more per student than any of the 50 states:
The public schools in Washington. D.C., spent a total of $31,843 per pupil in fiscal year 2020�Meanwhile, the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests administered in 2019 showed that only 23 percent of the eight graders in D.C. public schools were proficient or better�in reading�and only 23 percent were proficient or better�in mathematics.
The average�reading test score�for D.C. eighth graders was lower than the average for eighth graders in any of the 50 states. The�average math score�for D.C. eighth graders tied with the averages for eighth graders in Alaska and New Mexico for lowest in the nation.
By contrast, Utah spent�only $9,424�per student � less than a third as much as D.C. � yet its students performed�above average. The Washington, DC schools have been spending more than any state for years, even as its students�lag behind the students�of all other states on tests, according to the National Center for Education Statistics:
That same year,�according to NCES, D.C. public school eight graders had�an average score of 269�out of 500 in the NAEP mathematics test. That�tied D.C. eighth graders�with those in New Mexico and Alabama for the lowest average mathematics score in the nation.
You can find all this data and more in reports from the�National Center for Education Statistics.