A state that has the highest number of public school students in the country has more than $1 billion in annual spending on education, the most recent data show.
The state of Washington has about 3,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, about 2 percent of its students.
The District of Columbia, which has more students, has about 2,700.
Those figures don’t include the more than 1 million students in some states that have fewer than 100 students.
Washington, however, has the most high-poverty schools in the nation.
And it’s spending more than the nation as a whole on education.
The University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley spent $1.6 billion on education last year, according to a Bloomberg analysis of federal spending data.
The Oregonian/OregonLive analysis of state spending on higher education also showed that in the past five years, state spending rose nearly $1,000.
Spending on public schools rose $1 million, or 2 percent, last year.
Oregon is spending about $4,000 on the highest-possible level of public education per student.
The average student in Washington, which is one of only seven states that spend less than $10,000 per student, spends about $11,000, according a Bloomberg estimate.
The other seven states spending more per student are Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and California.
The cost of educating a student in one of those states is roughly the same as spending in the District of Covington, where a school system that spent $6.4 million on public education last school year was nearly $11 million in 2013.
Oregon spent $10.6 million on the most expensive level of education last academic year, more than any state except New Jersey.
Washington spent $8.7 million on education in 2013, the highest amount for a state in the Bloomberg report.
Washington’s budgeted $6,200 per student for a typical child in the first grade.
The school district, which includes Seattle, spends $1 for each student.
That includes fees to attend classes, and a percentage of tuition and other costs for students from families with incomes below 250 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $40,000 for a family of four.
That means about one-third of students in Washington get free or reduced lunch.
The district also pays for private school tuition, which can cost more.
In addition, it reimburses parents of students who drop out and provides assistance for families with children with special needs.
Washington is also working on a law to allow students who don’t attend public schools to opt out of high school and become students in other private schools.
In a statement, the state’s Department of Education said the program was intended to provide more choice in the education system.
The program allows students who are unable to attend school to participate in other schools or private schools, which are designed to meet their special needs, it said.
Washington has some of the nation’s highest test scores.
Last year, students who scored higher than 60 on the ACT or SAT were able to take the University College of Washington’s Advanced Placement and other exams for free.
Last school year, a report from the American Association of University Women found that the average college student in the United States scored well above the national average in reading, math and science.
The APWG report, which was published in April, also found that women were earning more than men in the sciences.
The American Psychological Association, which represents more than 500,000 professionals and researchers, has long recommended that colleges provide free or subsidized classes for all students.
Last month, the APWGs president, Nancy Blum, called for colleges to do just that, saying the state is “out of step” with other countries, including Canada and Australia.
She said many students who graduate high school from public schools are not ready to take college-level classes because of high costs.
She also said colleges and universities should take steps to increase their use of student-to-student tutoring.
Blum and the APWA have called for the federal government to require all public colleges and high schools to offer free or low-cost classes to all students regardless of their ability to pay.
The U.S. Department of Labor and the federal Department of Health and Human Services are reviewing the APWPG report and the data, and could make recommendations in the next several months, the Associated Press reported.
The Department of Justice has also opened an investigation into the APWS report.
A spokesman for the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General said the department has been in contact with the APWCGs representatives.
“The Department of Agriculture has also begun an investigation, and we have already made some recommendations to USDA regarding how it can better assist the APWBGs with their mission,” the spokesman said.
The Associated Press’s Lauren J. Nelson contributed to this report.