06/05/2014 08:31 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

These States Invest The Least In Their Students

When it comes to funding public school students, some parts of the country shell out more dough than others.

A new map compiled by research engine Findthebest.com shows which states provide the most funding for students' educations. New York state tops the list, with average funding per student of $21,168 , while Utah comes in last, with average funding per student of $7,388.

The map, which uses federal, state and local data from the National Center for Education Statistics, is below:

The link between education spending and student academic achievement is debated. On a school level, some studies have shown that increased spending has a significant benefit for low-income students. While the U.S. spends more on education than most industrialized nations, America often ranks mid-pack on international achievement tests.

For what it's worth, though, the below map -- also compiled by FindTheBest -- uses ACT, SAT, AP and National Assessment of Educational Progress scores to show which states have the highest achieving students:



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