California school district spending and test scores

Indian Diggings Elementary School District

Despite years of efforts to equalize spending in California schools, some districts receive thousands of dollars more per student than others. And although some districts spent much more than the average, the bigger expenditure didn't assure higher scores on the state's Academic Performance Index, which is based on student test scores and other academic measures. Download a spreadsheet of spending per student and Academic Performance Index data for all school districts here.

How does Indian Diggings Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,913   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

777   Median: 783

$14,913 spent per student ($329,867 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Trona Joint Unified $14,915
Indian Diggings Elementary $14,913
Manton Joint Union Elementary $14,857
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
New Jerusalem Elementary (23.00) $55,500
Belridge Elementary (26.40) $42,094
Oak Run Elementary (20.90) $24,559
Willow Grove Union Elementary (19.10) $17,307
Indian Diggings Elementary (22.10) $14,913
Jefferson Elementary (19.30) $10,916
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) $9,951
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Indian Diggings Elementary $14,913
Pioneer Union Elementary $8,127
Amador County Unified $7,093

777 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Bellflower Unified 777
Gilroy Unified 777
New Haven Unified 777
Indian Diggings Elementary 777
Orchard Elementary 777
Reeds Creek Elementary 777
Saucelito Elementary 777
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Jefferson Elementary (19.30) 832
Belridge Elementary (26.40) 815
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) 782
Indian Diggings Elementary (22.10) 777
Oak Run Elementary (20.90) 683
Willow Grove Union Elementary (19.10) 619
New Jerusalem Elementary (23.00) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pioneer Union Elementary 839
Amador County Unified 787
Indian Diggings Elementary 777
A note about the data: Spending figures refer to "current expense of education" per student in average daily attendance in 2009-10. The figures exclude certain expenditures, such as retiree benefits, food services and facilities acquisition and construction costs. Figures should be interpreted in the context of local conditions.

The state's nearly 1,000 school districts are responsible for reporting the information to the state. If individual districts spot problems with the state-reported statistics in our database, California Watch will confirm and update the data while encouraging districts to correct any errors with the state so that the public has the most accurate data available.

Interactive by Agustin Armendariz and Michael Corey. Reporting by Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig.

Source: California Department of Education
Filed under: K-12