Scholastic’s Survey of Teachers’ Classroom Spending

November 29th, 2016

The education publishing company Scholastic surveyed 3,694 teachers (including 76 school librarians) and 1,027 principals this past summer and found that a majority feel their students, both low- and high-poverty, face barriers to learning outside of the classroom. To help make a difference, the surveyed teachers:

  • On average, spent $530 of their own money on classroom items.
  • On average, spent $672 in high-poverty schools


  • 70% indicated they’d bought food and snacks for their students.
  • 65% purchased cleaning supplies.
  • 26% bought clothing for their students.
  • 56% purchased classroom books.

Plus, on average, the surveyed principals spent $683 for classroom or student supplies over the past year, with those in high-poverty schools averaging $1,014.  79% indicated they’d bought food and snacks for students.

Another interesting finding: While most teachers have classroom libraries, 31% have fewer than 50 books. Those in elementary schools have, on average, 362 books; middle school teachers average 189 books, and those at the high school level have just 93.

And so it goes…


2 Responses to “Scholastic’s Survey of Teachers’ Classroom Spending”

  1. Jean Tracy says:

    I thought money was pouring into schools from state and federal funds. What’s happening to the money?

  2. Carol says:

    Less money has been going schools’ ways, to the point where, if teachers don’t bring in their own printer paper, they’re out of luck when it comes to making copies. I saw that for myself just yesterday in a highly regarded public elementary school yesterday.

Leave a Reply

This blog is kept spam free by WP-SpamFree.