FOX 13 Study: Utah’s per-pupil spending lowest in state’s biggest districts

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jun 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-04 19:53:42-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- A FOX 13 News analysis of new Census numbers for per-pupil spending shows the state's average is far higher than what most students receive.

Utah's five largest districts--Alpine, Davis, Granite, Jordan and Canyons--each spend less than the state's average of $6,555.

More than half of Utah's 562,315 elementary and secondary public school students attend schools in those districts.

Utah's five smallest districts--Daggett, Tintic, Piute, Rich, and Wayne--teach one-third of one percent of Utah students. Each of those students benefits from an average $11,273 dollars in spending per year.

But higher spending does not clearly translate to higher test scores.

Alpine School District spends less per student than any other at $5,412, but their scores on Utah's new Sage tests are among the state's best, with 48.5 percent language arts proficiency, 47.6 percent math proficiency, and 52.8 percent science proficiency.

Tiny Dagget County spends more per student than any other district at $13,476, but their test scores are: 38.3 percent proficiency in language arts, 23.9 percent proficiency in math, and 32.3 percent proficiency in science.