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Dougall also said the rankings ultimately only mean so much.
"At the end of the day it’s not really how many dollars you spend," Dougall said. "It’s how well you spend the money, that’s what really matters anyway."
Nationally, the average amount spent per student in 2012 was $10,608, according to that census report, with New York spending the most, at $19,552 per pupil.
Utah students score at about the national average on National Assessment of Educational Progress exams in fourth-grade math and reading and eighth-grade math.
Utah students score above the national average in eighth-grade reading and fourth- and eighth-grade science.
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) also tracks per pupil spending per state, and according to NCES, Utah ranked last in the nation for per pupil spending in fiscal year 2011 at $6,326 per pupil.
NCES’ report for fiscal year 2012 is expected at the end of August.
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