California school district spending and test scores

Alta-Dutch Flat Union 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 Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,796   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

788   Median: 783

$8,796 spent per student ($1.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Victor Valley Union High $8,801
Happy Valley Union Elementary $8,801
Lake Tahoe Unified $8,800
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary $8,796
Yosemite Unified $8,790
Cloverdale Unified $8,785
Vallejo City Unified $8,779
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Southern Trinity Joint Unified (114.60) $18,924
Golden Feather Union Elementary (113.90) $12,406
Douglas City Elementary (113.40) $10,726
Cuddeback Union Elementary (116.20) $9,532
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary (113.70) $9,010
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary (114.40) $8,796
Nuestro Elementary (114.80) $8,063
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified $11,323
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary $8,796
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Nevada City Elementary $8,376
Foresthill Union Elementary $7,670

788 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lincoln Unified 788
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
Charter Oak Unified 788
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
San Juan Unified 788
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Nuestro Elementary (114.80) 830
Cuddeback Union Elementary (116.20) 828
Douglas City Elementary (113.40) 812
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary (113.70) 806
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary (114.40) 788
Southern Trinity Joint Unified (114.60) 752
Golden Feather Union Elementary (113.90) 700
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Nevada City Elementary 858
Foresthill Union Elementary 816
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 806
Colfax Elementary 802
Nevada Joint Union High 801
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
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