Thursday, March 5, 2015

More money spent on schools does NOT equal better results, 40-year study finds

  • The performance of 17-year-olds has been essentially stagnant across all subjects despite a near tripling of the inflation-adjusted cost of putting a child through the K-12 system
  • There has been essentially no correlation between what states have spent on education and their measured academic outcomes
  • By Daily Mail Reporter
The costs of sending students through school have more than tripled in real terms over the past 40 years, yet despite the billions of extra taxpayers dollars being spent, the results students are achieving show almost no improvement.
Andrew Coulson who conducted the study believes the answer is simple - that there's no discernible correlation between spending and results.
'What we’ve done over the past 40 years hasn’t worked,' said Coulson, director of the Center For Educational Freedom at the CATO Institute.
The most troublesome question facing education: Why are results for U.S. public school students so mediocre, despite the billions of taxpayer dollars spent?
The most troublesome question facing education: Why are results for U.S. public school students so mediocre, despite the billions of taxpayer dollars spent?

No difference:  there is no discernible correlation between spending and outcomes
Coulson just released his study, 'State Education Trends: Academic Performance and Spending over the Past 40 Years,' and he points to this chart that incorporates costs and the number of public school employees with student enrollment and test scores.