California school district spending and test scores

Indian Springs 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 Springs Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$33,451   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

852   Median: 783

$33,451 spent per student ($509,124 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Kashia Elementary $34,144
Sausalito Marin City Elementary $33,949
Oro Grande Elementary $33,673
Indian Springs Elementary $33,451
Mattole Unified $31,771
Alpine County Unified $29,954
Maple Creek Elementary $29,460
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Desert Center Unified (18.00) $39,282
Indian Springs Elementary (15.20) $33,451
Trinity Center Elementary (14.30) $21,220
Silver Fork Elementary (13.70) $19,251
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary (18.40) $16,512
Klamath River Union Elementary (18.10) $14,400
Lincoln Elementary (14.30) $13,816
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Indian Springs Elementary $33,451
Mountain Union Elementary $12,731
Fall River Joint Unified $10,535
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
McCloud Union Elementary $9,549
Gateway Unified $8,617

852 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
Valley Home Joint Elementary 852
Hickman Community Charter 852
Indian Springs Elementary 852
Guerneville Elementary 851
Tustin Unified 850
Pacific Elementary 850
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Indian Springs Elementary (15.20) 852
Lincoln Elementary (14.30) 791
Klamath River Union Elementary (18.10) 735
Desert Center Unified (18.00) 611
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary (18.40) N/A
Trinity Center Elementary (14.30) N/A
Silver Fork Elementary (13.70) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Indian Springs Elementary 852
McCloud Union Elementary 819
Gateway Unified 782
Fall River Joint Unified 780
Siskiyou Union High 755
Mountain Union Elementary 736
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