Office of the
State Auditor


Performance and Spending in Public Education

Welcome to the Utah Public Education
Student Performance and Spending Dashboards

These interactive dashboards show where money is spent within Utah’s public K-12 education system as well as student performance, and performance improvement, compared to spending.  These dashboards integrate data that is collected and published by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). These dashboards are intended to make it easier for the public to understand and interpret education spending and student performance in Utah.

How Does Student Performance Compare with
Public Education Spending?

Fiscal Year 2018
Average Annual Spending per Student:  $10,510
Average Student Proficiency

Language Arts:  45%
Mathematics:  46%
Science:  48%

Click on the image below or go directly to the Interactive Student Performance Dashboards

Sources include Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) Reports, and Student Growth (Performance Improvement) Percentiles (SGP) Reports as well as local education agency (LEA) Annual Financial Reports (AFRs), Average Daily Membership (ADM) reports.

Where Does the Money Go?

Fiscal Year 2018
Total K-12 Spending:  $6.7 Billion
Total Students*:  646,192
Average Annual Spending per Student:  $10,510

Click on the image below or go directly to the Interactive Spending Dashboards

Sources include local education agency (LEA) Annual Financial Reports (AFRs) and Average Daily Membership (ADM) reports.

One important item to note is that capital expenses (such as building and bond costs) are not reflected in common sources of reporting on education spending but the cost of buildings and other capital expenses are a sizeable portion of education spending. These dashboards have a toggle function that permits a user to see spending, including and excluding these capital expenses.

For more details about the data methodology and links to the data sources, please visit the Methodology – Spending  or Methodology – Performance pages.

*The “student” count is derived from the Student Average Daily Membership.