Report: PA School Spending Not Linked to Performance

A new study from the 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) finds little relationship between education spending and performance.

Specifically, the analysis looks at 11th grade math, reading, and science test scores on the PSSA, and district per-pupil spending. As the chart below shows, as do many other charts and tables within the study, there is little difference in performance, even between the highest spending and lowest spending districts. In fact, in many categories, low-spending districts outperform high-spending ones.

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