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Schooling in the States: A Fiscal and Demographic Profile

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Copyright 1988, Editorial Part of an annual series that will attempt to monitor the dimensions of the educational system and assess the quality of its accomplishments, the initial report emphasizes demographic and fiscal background information bearing on the states' investment in schooling.

The indicators are intended, the chiefs said in releasing them last November, to enable the states to compare their status and progress with others facing similar circumstances. Though some of the information was previously available, the chiefs offered new groupings of "like" states to make comparisons among them fairer.

Comparative indicators of student outcomes are not likely to be available until 1991, since that information would be derived from the expansion of the National Assessment of Educational Progress, proposals for which are still under discussion.

Comparative Wealth: Gross State Products Per School-Age Child, 1986|

High Relative Wealth Moderately High Relative Wealth Moderate Realtive Wealth

Alaska$173,445 Hawaii96,358 Washington82,697

Nevada115,033 Delaware95,018 Georgia82,522

Connecticut113,995 Maryland93,862 Rhode Island82,329

Wyoming111,856 Virginia91,992 Kansas81,255

New York111,856 Florida91,909 Pennsylvania81,023

Massachusetts109,580 Illinois89,639 North Carolina79,175

California106,041 Minnesota86,031 Ohio77,225

New Jersey103,564 New Hampshire84,721 Louisiana77,137

Colorado101,654 Arizona83,790 Nebraska76,943

Texas99,300 Missouri83,554 Oklahoma75,178

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SOURCE: Council of Chief State School Officers

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Moderately Low Relative Wealth Low Relative Wealth

Wisconsin74,897 South Carolina63,460

Michigan74,859 Montana61,579

Oregon73,568 Alabama61,192

Tennessee72,965 Arkansas59,097

Indiana71,231 West Virginia57,894

New Mexico68,987 South Dakota56,352

Vermont68,780 Utah52,948

North Dakota67,544 Idaho52,829

Maine66,760 Mississippi50,230

Iowa66,099 Virgin Islands--

Kentucky65,980 District of Columbia--

Puerto Rico--

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