N.D. tops in school test spendingNorth Dakota is among the states that spent the most on standardized testing with $69 spent per student last year, according to a national report released Thursday.
By: Forum Communications, The Jamestown Sun
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota is among the states that spent the most on standardized testing with $69 spent per student last year, according to a national report released Thursday.
The Brown Center on Education Policy found North Dakota’s spending trailed only Delaware, Alaska, Hawaii and the District of Columbia, which spent $114 per student on assessment testing in Grades 3 through 9, the highest in the nation.
Minnesota’s spending, at $53 per student, and South Dakota’s spending, at $45 per student, were also comparatively high, landing them among the Top 10.
In general, states with large populations tend to have lower costs, perhaps due to better bargaining power with test makers, according to the report. New York state had the lowest testing expenses at $7 per student, for example.
The report is a response to the lack of comprehensive information on the cost of standardized testing brought about by No Child Left Behind legislation, wrote Matthew Chingos, a fellow with the Washington, D.C.,-based Brown Center.