The Center for American Progress determined that the HoCo Public School Systems delivers “high achievement at a relatively high cost.” According to this story by Nick Anderson in The Washington Post an analysis of test scores and spending by the liberal think tank concluded that “
Manassas Park and Calvert County have the most efficient schools in the area.” Washington
CAP charted the spending per pupil in the sixteen counties surrounding
HoCo had the second highest at $11,439 per pupil. Calvert spends $8,091 per pupil. Then again, it’s a lot cheaper to live in Washington, D.C.. . Calvert County
Still, HoCo also got beat out by
where they spend $10,199 per pupil. Montgomery County
Maryland, on an index called "basic return on investment" - one of three methods the center used for comparison - received a top mark. Schools in Montgomery, St. Mary's and Anne Arundel counties were rated just behind. Then came Frederick County …” Howard County
Of course a school system shouldn’t give too much weight to it’s value proposition but it does belong in the conversation.