California school district spending and test scores

Dixie 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 Dixie Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,761   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

896   Median: 783

$9,761 spent per student ($17.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Luis Coastal Unified $9,781
Pacific Elementary $9,781
Traver Joint Elementary $9,763
Dixie Elementary $9,761
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
San Francisco Unified $9,715
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) $12,647
Dixie Elementary (1,738.50) $9,761
Fort Bragg Unified (1,743.30) $9,523
Red Bluff Joint Union High (1,705.60) $8,739
Bellevue Union Elementary (1,682.00) $8,322
Old Adobe Union Elementary (1,691.20) $8,074
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) $7,395
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Lagunitas Elementary $10,868
Dixie Elementary $9,761
Ross Valley Elementary $8,947
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
San Rafael City Elementary $8,139
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896 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Carmel Unified 897
Cayucos Elementary 896
Newhall Elementary 896
Dixie Elementary 896
Loomis Union Elementary 895
Laguna Beach Unified 895
Alexander Valley Union Elementary 894
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Dixie Elementary (1,738.50) 896
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) 877
Old Adobe Union Elementary (1,691.20) 818
Fort Bragg Unified (1,743.30) 762
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) 758
Bellevue Union Elementary (1,682.00) 740
Red Bluff Joint Union High (1,705.60) 716
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ross Valley Elementary 920
Dixie Elementary 896
Nicasio Elementary 871
Tamalpais Union High 862
Novato Unified 827
San Rafael City Elementary 796
Lagunitas Elementary 774
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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