Laramie, WY – A national report says Wyoming is tops in the nation in financing its public schools but ranks average for its overall education system.
Education Week magazine gave Wyoming a 76.3 overall, a C grade, matching the national grade in its Quality Counts report.
Wyoming ranked ahead of neighboring states Colorado (73.7), Utah (72.4), Idaho (71.2), Montana (70.4), South Dakota (69.2) and Nebraska (68.6).
Wyoming state spent the most per pupil in the country in 2007 at $17,114 per student when adjusted for regional cost differences.
But Wyoming ranked behind the nation in standards and assessments (C+), achievement (D+) and teaching (D+). The Casper Star-Tribune reports achievement was measured by graduation rate and national assessments.