California school district spending and test scores

Dixon 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 Dixon Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,287   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

751   Median: 783

$6,287 spent per student ($23.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330
Sequoia Union Elementary $6,324
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322
Dixon Unified $6,287
Maple Elementary $6,248
Solvang Elementary $6,206
Hickman Community Charter $6,192
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) $8,591
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) $8,356
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) $8,148
San Rafael City Elementary (3,794.10) $8,139
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) $8,019
Martinez Unified (3,796.40) $7,555
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) $6,287
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Davis Joint Unified $8,487
Winters Joint Unified $8,198
Fairfield-Suisun Unified $7,496
Travis Unified $7,409
Vacaville Unified $6,876
Dixon Unified $6,287

751 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Robla Elementary 751
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Natomas Unified 751
Dixon Unified 751
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
Brawley Elementary 751
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) 916
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) 878
Martinez Unified (3,796.40) 819
San Rafael City Elementary (3,794.10) 796
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) 760
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) 751
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) 749
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Davis Joint Unified 877
Travis Unified 816
Vacaville Unified 769
Winters Joint Unified 759
Dixon Unified 751
Fairfield-Suisun Unified 750
River Delta Joint Unified 728
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