**Description:**This graph shows the correlation between the average teacher pay and the percentage of 8th grade students who pass the math proficiency test. Each dot represents a state. Red dots are states that voted for Romney in 2012 and blue dots are states that voted for Obama in 2012. The orange line is a trend line showing the average effect that higher teacher pay has on eighth grade math proficiency rates.

**Sources:**Dept. of Education Annie E. Casey Foundation

**Data:**Excel

**Last updated:**March 13, 2016