California school district spending and test scores

Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 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 Acton-Agua Dulce Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,931   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

758   Median: 783

$7,931 spent per student ($13.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Southern Kern Unified $7,935
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
Carlsbad Unified $7,927
Freshwater Elementary $7,927
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Anderson Union High (1,672.20) $9,261
Moraga Elementary (1,681.50) $8,734
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) $8,451
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) $7,931
Beardsley Elementary (1,665.10) $7,929
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) $7,609
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) $7,437
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
La Canada Unified $8,197
Keppel Union Elementary $8,183
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary $8,037
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Saugus Union Elementary $7,663
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758 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Gerber Union Elementary 758
Merced City Elementary 758
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
Winton Elementary 758
Pasadena Unified 758
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Moraga Elementary (1,681.50) 945
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) 797
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) 758
Anderson Union High (1,672.20) 743
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) 735
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) 732
Beardsley Elementary (1,665.10) 721
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
La Canada Unified 933
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Westside Union Elementary 829
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary 828
William S. Hart Union High 824
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Palmdale Elementary 726
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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