California school district spending and test scores

Mammoth 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 Mammoth Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,253   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

771   Median: 783

$10,253 spent per student ($10.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Le Grand Union High $10,318
Goleta Union Elementary $10,310
Ready Springs Union Elementary $10,278
Mammoth Unified $10,253
Blue Lake Union Elementary $10,212
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
Allensworth Elementary $10,179
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Kentfield Elementary (1,041.90) $10,931
Mammoth Unified (1,042.50) $10,253
Fortuna Union High (1,039.30) $8,515
Nevada City Elementary (1,036.90) $8,376
Heber Elementary (1,058.00) $8,059
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) $7,803
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) $7,558
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Eastern Sierra Unified $22,998
Big Creek Elementary $20,875
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Mammoth Unified $10,253
Bishop Joint Union High $9,028
Round Valley Joint Elementary $8,580

771 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Nuview Union Elementary 771
Heber Elementary 771
Downey Unified 771
Mammoth Unified 771
Ducor Union Elementary 771
Apple Valley Unified 770
Chatom Union Elementary 770
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Kentfield Elementary (1,041.90) 940
Nevada City Elementary (1,036.90) 858
Heber Elementary (1,058.00) 771
Mammoth Unified (1,042.50) 771
Fortuna Union High (1,039.30) 744
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) 731
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Big Creek Elementary 862
Round Valley Joint Elementary 829
Mammoth Unified 771
Eastern Sierra Unified 770
Chawanakee Unified 764
Bishop Joint Union High 724
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