Description: This graph correlates the amount states spend per student on education with the percentage of 8th graders who are proficient at mathematics. The blue dots represent states that President Obama won in 2012 and the red dots represent states that Mitt Romney won in 2012. The orange line is the trend line, representing the average impact of each level of spending. The spending levels have been adjusted for cost of living.
Sources: Annie E. Casey Foundation NEA BEA
Last updated: March 10, 2015