Wyoming spends and reaps reward on education, ranking top 10 in both

WYOMING – Few states spend more on education than Wyoming. For a decade, the Cowboy State has been among a handful of states at the top of the list for education spending.

While some have been critical of the budgeting choice, calling it excessive, the results are there. It remains to be seen whether recent state budget cuts to education will have a deleterious effect, Wyoming is getting positive scores for its outlay.

WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Best & Worst School Systems, where Wyoming ranked 10th best overall school system in the nation.

In order to determine the best school systems in America, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 29 key measures of quality and safety. The data set ranges from pupil-teacher ratio to dropout rate to median standardized-test scores.

Quality & Safety of Schools in Wyoming (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 5th – Math Test Scores
  • 8th – Reading Test Scores
  • 6th – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
  • 5th – Median SAT Score
  • 4th – % of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers
  • 25th – Dropout Rate
  • 20th – % of Threatened/Injured High School Students

As far as spending, Wyoming ranked #2 in 2009, trailing only New York with $19,238 total per pupil spending. In 2016, Wyoming spent $16,442 per student to rank #6.

Most recent data from Education Week Research Center in 2019 put Wyoming’s spending per student at $18,090—behind only New York and Vermont.

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