U.S. Census Bureau figures show that Wyoming remained sixth in the nation in the amount of money it spends on public education.
Wyoming increased its per pupil spending by 4 percent during the 2009-2010 school year to $15,169 per pupil. That's up from $14,573 in the 2008-09 school year.
The per-student spending in Wyoming grew at a rate nearly four times faster than the nation as a whole.
Nationally, public school systems spent an average of $10,615 on each student. The District of Columbia spent $18,667 to lead the country, followed by New York, New Jersey, Alaska and Vermont.
State Rep. Steve Harshman, of Casper, told the Casper Star-Tribune that Wyoming's per-pupil spending is reflected in the state's rising student test scores.