Measure Your Education Spending IQ

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Education Quizzes & Trivia

Many people believe we are not spending enough money on education. Others believe that cuts to education have harmed our schools. What's rarely talked about is the actual numbers. This short quiz will measure how much you know about education spending so you can make an informed decision about government spending on education. Be sure and click the "View Answer" link after each question to get an explanation of the correct answer and links to additional information. NOTE: Per student spending numbers are for California K-12 public schools.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    According to the US Department of Education, total spending on K-12 education over the last 20 years has:
    • A. 

      Decreased every year.

    • B. 

      Decreased most years.

    • C. 

      Stayed the same.

    • D. 

      Increased most years.

    • E. 

      Increased every year.

  • 2. 
    Since the 1970s, per pupil spending (adjusted for inflation) on government schools (K-12) has:
    • A. 

      Gone down by nearly half.

    • B. 

      Stayed about the same.

    • C. 

      Gone up by 50%

    • D. 

      More than doubled.

  • 3. 
    • A. 

      $7,500

    • B. 

      $9,500

    • C. 

      $12,500

    • D. 

      $15,000

    • E. 

      $19,000

  • 4. 
    Comparing the cost of taxpayer funded K-12 public schools versus private schools which of the following is accurate:
    • A. 

      Public schools are 50% cheaper than private schools.

    • B. 

      Public schools are about the same price as private schools.

    • C. 

      Public schools are 50% more expensive than private schools.

    • D. 

      Public schools are more than twice as expensive as private schools.

  • 5. 
    Compared to other modern countries (Austria, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Japan, UK, etc) US per pupil spending for K-12 education is:
    • A. 

      Last.

    • B. 

      Only 2 countries are lower

    • C. 

      In the middle.

    • D. 

      Only 2 countries are higher.

    • E. 

      First.

  • 6. 
    • A. 

      Greatly improves student performance.

    • B. 

      Modestly improves student performance.

    • C. 

      Had no effect on student performance.

    • D. 

      Mildly lowers student performance.

    • E. 

      Dramatically lowers student performance.