Arizona School Spending – Dollars In The Classroom

From the Arizona Auditor General:

Between fiscal years 2001 and 2014, Arizona’s total operational spending per pupil increased 41 percent. Despite this increase, Arizona school districts still spent approximately $3,000 less per pupil than the national average. Arizona districts also allocated resources differently than the national averages, spending lower percentages of available operating dollars on instruction and administration, and higher percentages on all other nonclassroom areas, particularly plant operations and student support services.

In fiscal year 2014, for the second consecutive year, Arizona districts spent 53.8 percent of available operating dollars on instruction—the lowest percentage in the 14 years our Office has been monitoring district spending. The state-wide percentage decreased every year between fiscal years 2004 and 2013 before remaining flat in fiscal year 2014. Over this same 10-year period, the percentage of resources allocated to administration, plant operations, food service, transportation, student support, and instruction support have all increased.

Percentage of dollars spent in the classroom:

School District0102030405060708091011121314Grade
Agua Fria Union High School District55.753.354.651.651.356.153.854.353.753.453.151.952.652.2B
Aguila Elementary School District59.961.462.659.955.151.657.957.462.163.864.558.563.165.4B
Ajo Unified School District60.261.760.160.255.055.456.756.959.460.255.650.349.851.4B
Alhambra Elementary School District60.863.863.663.061.861.261.259.457.755.255.555.554.053.8C
Alpine Elementary School District55.361.054.352.351.452.951.056.258.459.158.257.959.259.3A
Altar Valley Elementary School District52.051.047.748.647.547.346.548.047.646.541.744.144.746.5B
Amphitheater Unified School District57.655.857.855.956.956.556.857.558.557.556.354.954.054.3B
Antelope Union High School District51.052.452.954.153.752.343.753.452.652.150.747.751.452.8C
Apache Elementary School District64.963.753.649.053.253.554.658.554.955.852.451.749.451.1A
Apache Junction Unified School District53.853.053.155.253.354.555.854.556.955.055.154.655.655.9C
Arlington Elementary School District52.452.956.555.154.254.357.457.256.656.452.749.650.351.6A
Ash Creek Elementary School District45.545.645.547.442.642.942.538.039.933.037.941.041.631.1D
Ash Fork Joint Unified School District53.155.460.855.658.947.053.252.854.853.147.147.442.143.3A
Avondale Elementary School District60.162.464.864.163.961.160.359.758.656.355.252.250.752.6C
Baboquivari Unified School District49.748.349.452.249.649.345.251.147.745.046.040.138.741.4D
Bagdad Unified School District57.558.452.455.949.548.448.855.754.256.052.652.954.555.2B
Balsz Elementary School District55.757.459.456.957.258.957.258.756.151.349.349.251.751.3C
Beaver Creek Elementary School District59.465.063.163.663.960.765.662.059.457.856.651.352.753.0C
Benson Unified School District49.554.053.757.457.858.656.956.955.854.452.454.153.152.7A
Bicentennial Union High School District41.658.250.650.147.446.045.436.442.036.541.542.446.845.1B
Bisbee Unified School District52.755.955.054.151.452.149.749.347.751.847.948.548.948.8C
Blue Elementary School District88.788.983.883.286.484.578.873.778.175.676.579.178.779.6N/A
Blue Ridge Unified School District60.763.061.463.162.161.859.859.364.161.656.055.056.855.1B
Bonita Elementary School District58.666.868.263.468.162.160.560.060.860.056.458.159.261.1B
Bouse Elementary School District59.858.948.249.149.650.554.454.751.048.142.246.942.238.2D
Bowie Unified School District52.856.960.357.157.560.756.453.751.153.852.154.950.945.4C
Buckeye Elementary School District53.958.660.157.961.460.363.060.854.955.456.652.053.354.1B
Buckeye Union High School District48.351.252.154.252.151.755.655.556.853.853.553.351.952.0B
Bullhead City Elementary School District64.162.362.961.360.963.460.061.959.557.056.659.657.255.5B
Camp Verde Unified School District55.256.253.856.355.454.255.455.255.752.653.453.555.957.5B
Canon Elementary School District47.948.848.549.548.150.551.347.451.750.153.347.152.051.8B
Cartwright Elementary School District66.463.362.060.761.661.362.261.661.160.058.956.856.556.8B
Casa Grande Elementary School District56.956.856.456.054.555.254.052.854.452.451.849.849.449.1B
Casa Grande Union High School District54.456.255.855.153.354.053.556.453.348.145.247.248.946.0C
Catalina Foothills Unified School District58.761.261.460.558.458.157.955.055.054.353.152.652.252.8A
Cave Creek Unified School District54.856.058.357.259.759.655.556.755.654.454.953.253.953.0A
Cedar Unified School District45.443.545.341.643.048.144.844.844.540.239.243.134.637.0D
Chandler Unified School District60.762.163.263.663.763.763.262.362.462.060.660.960.661.1A
Chinle Unified School District47.748.050.250.851.149.648.348.649.447.047.549.048.448.4D
Chino Valley Unified School District60.558.159.657.958.758.259.357.857.252.549.449.650.550.6B
Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School District56.758.758.360.262.560.059.161.060.057.957.057.556.657.2B
Clifton Unified School District54.153.456.853.151.150.548.241.743.044.428.848.843.447.5D
Cochise Elementary School District60.258.560.462.757.554.357.258.859.754.357.454.657.256.9B
Colorado City Unified School District39.942.040.746.239.037.041.345.146.648.249.249.151.553.0C
Colorado River Union High School District52.155.058.855.658.258.360.460.759.160.956.052.352.750.2D
Concho Elementary School District55.257.053.354.146.944.140.840.542.946.942.640.339.643.3B
Congress Elementary School DistrictN/A51.758.959.355.654.756.052.653.551.750.149.654.455.4A
Continental Elementary School District57.055.158.158.359.655.356.261.362.856.058.255.458.654.3C
Coolidge Unified School District53.354.951.951.954.354.455.752.052.847.350.247.644.945.7D
Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District53.852.456.153.653.953.553.455.857.052.847.850.655.752.0B
Crane Elementary School District56.859.459.058.857.456.555.856.054.353.552.851.150.851.2B
Creighton Elementary School District56.855.559.858.057.855.053.351.952.653.350.950.348.047.4C
Crown King Elementary School District63.966.564.763.967.071.265.668.068.368.769.064.454.660.9N/A
Deer Valley Unified School District60.162.261.662.861.961.260.561.560.660.659.658.958.658.3A
Double Adobe Elementary School District66.065.464.163.562.963.362.461.661.364.365.061.569.663.5A
Douglas Unified School District62.263.661.063.660.058.859.558.254.953.253.852.352.450.7C
Duncan Unified School District57.563.558.358.157.158.155.955.356.054.952.850.149.748.7C
Dysart Unified School District50.855.155.855.357.459.458.957.357.255.955.354.955.855.2A
Elfrida Elementary School District52.051.060.261.255.450.153.057.251.058.351.756.655.555.1B
Eloy Elementary School District56.954.454.052.251.352.952.451.550.747.547.947.046.743.9C
Flagstaff Unified School District61.360.761.358.457.958.358.556.957.256.157.054.854.253.6C
Florence Unified School District54.657.659.856.459.963.256.156.255.457.354.053.451.750.6B
Flowing Wells Unified School District57.859.459.760.660.760.059.057.758.454.853.251.952.353.1B
Fountain Hills Unified School District56.460.455.653.956.557.157.957.156.452.654.354.354.654.8B
Fowler Elementary School District56.956.460.160.760.357.560.457.557.357.255.653.353.355.8B
Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District60.260.759.362.862.459.853.659.953.451.152.650.452.952.9B
Ft. Thomas Unified School District54.057.854.155.254.554.755.354.651.647.045.545.247.448.2C
Gadsden Elementary School District58.655.856.650.648.650.250.551.449.150.651.148.248.548.6B
Ganado Unified School District46.748.048.047.043.546.346.046.745.443.342.441.342.340.7D
Gila Bend Unified School District49.453.356.454.057.353.045.648.851.252.047.245.443.945.1C
Gilbert Unified School District63.462.364.564.363.063.363.063.262.762.059.960.160.761.2A
Glendale Elementary School District62.959.359.158.355.256.356.856.557.155.654.855.854.652.9C
Glendale Union High School District57.359.159.760.159.459.859.558.558.657.456.556.256.356.7A
Globe Unified School District54.158.559.058.159.457.857.053.754.748.945.146.350.050.7D
Grand Canyon Unified School District53.152.552.753.553.749.248.145.948.548.846.750.047.752.4C
Hackberry Elementary School District47.043.955.952.555.056.741.941.240.934.734.238.539.141.5C
Hayden-Winkelman Unified School District53.354.152.951.250.352.250.751.547.448.845.746.143.845.1C
Heber-Overgaard Unified School District50.253.355.152.351.749.847.748.046.149.650.848.448.448.4A
Higley Unified School District60.256.158.259.965.458.657.757.055.054.954.255.355.955.7A
Hillside Elementary School District50.152.153.857.556.064.568.967.964.863.758.259.757.768.8D
Holbrook Unified School District57.356.557.254.655.655.456.757.056.154.954.854.453.253.7B
Humboldt Unified School District57.559.558.557.660.559.361.860.161.459.156.356.056.055.7B
Hyder Elementary School District49.850.553.155.155.155.844.952.253.655.254.154.151.952.6A
Isaac Elementary School District56.356.958.058.355.556.956.356.855.849.749.551.951.852.1D
J.O. Combs Unified School District50.550.451.652.356.259.859.153.155.350.751.250.953.253.3B
Joseph City Unified School District48.854.660.255.555.054.050.949.448.349.648.147.846.945.9A
Kayenta Unified School District55.149.946.747.946.944.545.343.142.141.341.641.340.340.4C
Kingman Unified School DistrictN/A55.857.056.456.755.854.955.253.653.253.152.650.550.7B
Kirkland Elementary School District65.953.955.056.755.653.052.951.852.752.552.957.853.052.5C
Kyrene Elementary School District60.261.261.964.464.364.063.563.362.961.061.860.260.159.4A
Lake Havasu Unified School District60.361.161.760.161.161.861.259.859.559.156.553.955.653.6B
Laveen Elementary School District53.852.152.952.350.751.053.657.055.253.351.751.452.252.7B
Liberty Elementary School District60.062.564.464.362.462.162.961.060.359.757.759.358.959.0B
Litchfield Elementary School District57.959.759.360.759.658.458.057.958.358.358.458.258.157.7A
Littlefield Unified School District52.563.462.963.755.654.455.454.650.652.653.854.350.251.9C
Littleton Elementary School District56.856.453.556.458.257.056.857.759.058.157.253.953.053.9B
Madison Elementary School District54.356.158.159.559.359.258.455.054.653.251.153.152.751.7A
Maine Consolidated School District46.246.747.750.650.743.846.845.853.550.552.350.250.851.1A
Mammonth-San Manuel Unified School District57.955.656.155.956.257.154.955.556.357.253.456.052.752.6C
Marana Unified School District52.955.456.559.258.858.759.157.357.956.756.154.254.553.9B
Maricopa Unified School District59.156.858.851.155.855.555.259.752.350.749.647.047.447.0B
Mayer Unified School District55.157.455.754.453.753.949.850.247.744.447.744.544.846.8D
McNary Elementary School District61.963.862.361.858.864.064.961.563.256.353.258.553.158.0D
McNeal Elementary School District76.668.760.149.949.247.754.051.848.344.346.945.645.745.1B
Mesa Unified School District61.962.763.063.163.362.762.161.459.859.357.657.356.357.1B
Miami Unified Scholl District52.054.752.156.157.755.153.555.755.154.355.453.554.855.4C
Mingues Union High School District59.862.059.458.658.161.362.458.562.655.155.058.059.660.1B
Mobile Elementary School District31.833.637.334.934.228.626.931.339.633.636.030.338.133.8B
Mohave Valley Elemenntary School District54.855.959.557.258.059.959.358.858.552.052.954.351.651.7B
Mohawk Valley Elementary School District56.152.452.954.053.654.545.652.449.546.545.142.342.941.1D
Morenci Unified School District54.957.958.056.858.356.356.956.558.357.257.757.059.560.7A
Morristown Elementary School District49.547.049.949.845.847.847.849.949.948.651.752.752.352.9B
Murphy Elementary School District47.453.355.154.455.756.451.851.050.648.147.746.947.948.0C
Naco Elementary Schoold District64.267.359.762.765.361.063.063.155.659.957.258.858.757.6C
Nadaburg Unified School District53.354.758.056.155.654.153.453.852.247.145.647.648.347.2C
Nogales Unified School District56.556.255.754.754.956.155.054.352.752.151.751.551.351.7A
Oracle Elementary School District49.249.251.252.448.752.750.250.049.949.348.246.449.151.6C
Osborn Elementary School District53.253.152.951.549.150.049.049.650.949.444.347.048.549.0B
Owens-Whitney Elementary School District52.055.653.053.759.660.261.461.761.252.339.555.658.759.5A
Page Unified School District56.554.854.853.051.354.853.152.552.351.349.149.449.649.1C
Palo Verde Elementary School District52.358.353.749.949.653.451.450.451.951.053.752.251.649.4C
Paloma Elementary School District43.142.950.846.648.150.548.451.450.147.548.446.243.949.5C
Palominas Elementary School District55.454.954.255.754.355.655.555.954.153.851.550.351.150.5B
Paradise Valley Unified School District64.064.662.961.863.062.162.460.860.659.858.855.857.157.7B
Parker Unified School District55.357.357.457.055.154.754.953.850.752.650.552.351.051.0C
Patagonia Elementary School District48.148.850.450.749.346.547.846.045.644.446.347.946.447.6C
Patagonia High School District48.148.850.450.749.346.547.846.045.644.446.347.946.447.6B
Payson Unified School Distritc57.860.861.559.559.357.457.058.357.256.255.455.453.352.7B
Peach Springs Unified School District57.259.457.855.060.661.322.853.741.354.141.243.942.642.5D
Pearce Elementary School District58.957.059.059.158.959.356.256.356.055.155.554.252.551.3C
Penderhast Elementary School Distrit58.957.059.059.158.959.356.256.356.055.155.554.252.551.3B
Peoria Unified School District61.961.561.461.560.060.659.659.860.559.657.257.656.057.9A
Phoenix Elementary School District54.855.354.354.157.155.154.056.353.850.949.148.848.048.3C
Phoenix Union High School District52.552.053.154.355.356.857.156.155.654.956.254.555.054.7C
Picacho Elementary School District55.052.755.948.554.155.852.357.955.656.251.852.351.955.3D
Pima Unified School District59.961.561.058.759.657.660.960.460.357.859.057.259.661.5B
Pine Strawberry Elementary School District51.555.255.752.654.849.748.550.747.449.649.251.949.748.8B
Pinion Unified School District44.951.552.049.845.842.040.742.137.735.036.538.937.741.2C
Pomerene Elementary School District56.956.754.653.352.354.853.956.261.654.062.953.951.652.1A
Prescott Unified School District61.361.262.661.560.561.562.362.261.657.558.355.754.853.6B
Quartzsite Elementary School District47.349.649.646.348.249.650.748.849.449.646.445.753.249.4D
Queen Creek Unified School District50.551.249.752.757.157.860.060.759.759.956.353.651.250.3A
Ray Unified School District55.057.357.358.359.255.457.555.554.555.852.151.854.954.0C
Red Mesa Unified School District43.645.442.942.043.942.640.438.638.740.940.639.938.631.6D
Red Rock Elementary School District58.555.852.251.655.554.954.366.148.455.349.151.758.161.9B
Riverside Elementary School District48.549.057.358.653.852.450.257.557.751.546.046.045.844.3B
Roosevelt Elementary School District55.958.658.659.158.259.758.656.454.652.148.646.443.544.0C
Round Valley Unified School District58.356.655.455.055.152.554.254.352.852.553.552.651.852.3B
Sacaton Elementary School District45.543.948.546.753.750.452.947.249.946.049.846.544.643.6D
Saddle Mountain Unified School District52.652.357.154.453.151.253.647.149.949.844.546.444.246.0B
Safford Unified School District58.359.858.759.158.160.460.062.763.160.962.861.263.565.1B
Sahuarita Unified School District50.349.251.454.055.856.754.954.757.756.357.753.853.254.5B
Salome Consolidated Elementary School District48.948.348.446.944.543.439.339.542.244.449.534.539.147.5C
San Carlos Unified School District48.752.254.152.952.550.554.350.750.348.745.541.542.840.6D
San Fernando Elementary School District45.545.746.438.241.845.052.151.251.946.843.949.944.445.3D
San Simon Unified School District52.256.850.351.455.059.358.354.354.556.553.152.253.655.6B
Sanders Unified School District41.346.348.852.049.047.850.849.149.048.446.542.142.341.1D
Santa Cruz Elementary School District68.670.468.665.770.460.956.858.859.754.752.151.555.254.7B
Santa Cruz Valley Union High School District54.754.352.852.249.649.047.641.544.236.141.743.239.840.3D
Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District58.258.755.653.858.259.057.456.755.553.354.553.548.750.6B
Scottsdale Unified School District58.659.061.563.762.360.561.360.457.759.557.758.757.954.5A
Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified School District49.050.553.452.352.754.654.955.154.453.254.453.454.452.8B
Seligman Unified School District56.860.258.353.653.951.853.554.254.452.653.051.850.650.7B
Sentinel Elementary School District42.643.542.645.742.747.855.253.050.750.049.450.249.953.1A
Show Low Unified School District57.961.459.460.359.156.755.056.554.955.654.352.855.457.0B
Sierra Vista Unified School District53.456.156.455.456.856.955.554.354.453.253.653.253.853.7B
Skull Valley Elementary School District53.351.752.056.449.654.653.657.152.053.151.854.347.948.1B
Snowflake Unified School District61.160.960.757.358.458.059.459.659.559.359.056.156.557.8B
Solomon Elementary School District49.052.154.550.955.154.155.353.851.652.954.152.353.352.8B
Somerton Elementary School District50.451.452.151.750.750.550.647.949.649.747.146.647.147.7C
Sonoita Elementary School District65.563.768.374.268.166.768.565.769.664.759.757.961.058.9B
St. David Unified School District49.167.160.554.558.856.958.657.557.956.057.454.952.855.6A
St. Johns Unified School District53.357.557.957.955.257.253.353.656.456.251.349.049.049.5B
Stanfield Elementary School District56.054.352.046.948.946.344.647.247.848.249.151.851.550.2C
Sunnyside Unified School District56.057.459.058.757.856.757.055.253.952.351.550.448.948.6C
Superior Unified School District53.756.655.353.553.852.352.254.255.155.052.252.250.951.9D
Tanque Verde Unified School District60.560.758.960.957.658.856.759.360.855.057.557.959.160.8A
Tempe Elementary School District55.754.955.656.355.955.555.455.356.054.253.652.752.353.4B
Tempe Union High School58.057.158.058.658.959.659.759.956.856.756.453.853.552.7A
Thatcher Unified School District58.860.159.156.661.159.961.662.262.460.858.857.759.860.5B
Tolleson Elementary School District54.957.756.957.157.253.554.952.354.855.156.550.249.650.8B
Tolleson Union High School District54.753.957.059.059.961.457.355.354.757.957.356.454.656.0C
Toltec Elementary School District61.060.058.157.562.364.659.058.059.053.949.944.945.449.2C
Tombstone Unified School District57.655.055.556.456.250.947.747.252.247.546.547.350.247.7B
Tonto Basin Elementary School District59.365.353.857.356.254.053.054.053.552.552.252.053.050.8A
Topock Elementary School District62.360.758.859.154.556.456.252.458.351.055.658.754.953.3B
Tuba City Unified School District47.447.747.447.547.747.944.843.744.543.341.142.742.242.4C
Tucson Unified School District53.954.754.955.055.454.954.353.453.553.950.450.649.248.7C
Union Elementary School District51.546.947.450.249.650.155.655.056.354.050.453.851.452.5C
Vail Unified School District57.455.858.659.058.560.259.359.959.959.757.655.856.054.1A
Valentine Elementary School District72.372.671.468.375.676.377.377.378.781.060.168.954.558.3C
Valley Union High School District53.254.557.253.155.456.349.950.347.251.546.046.046.448.8A
Vernon Elementary School District45.641.546.546.051.643.339.838.344.045.243.645.948.441.9C
Washington Elementary School District64.062.362.361.360.862.060.357.657.555.555.955.754.154.3B
Wellton Elementary School District61.362.959.065.562.363.659.963.956.456.556.460.359.357.6C
Wendon Elementary School District50.050.850.047.247.446.948.945.849.346.148.545.647.146.9B
Whiteriver Unified School District54.953.654.554.753.656.667.258.751.351.048.347.746.746.1D
Wickenburg Unified School District56.157.156.058.157.355.057.258.857.753.551.651.052.851.4B
Willcox Unified School District58.257.959.062.162.859.960.258.455.854.553.652.854.553.2B
Williams Unified School District60.258.661.758.556.957.556.556.553.950.454.153.251.851.9D
Wilson Elementary School District58.756.055.954.658.057.355.655.955.353.351.454.253.255.0B
Window Rock Unified School District54.157.357.556.152.052.052.450.450.149.647.448.047.146.1D
Winslow Unified School District55.157.259.057.356.855.554.353.854.552.952.552.751.850.9C
Yarnell Elementary School District56.457.857.154.253.243.751.650.049.352.353.249.851.648.3B
Young Elementary School District61.759.856.156.960.259.053.054.751.256.554.153.156.853.3B
Yucca Elementary School District67.864.662.460.062.163.468.261.762.561.150.152.946.945.5D
Yuma Elementary School District56.458.956.256.054.551.751.952.754.052.250.150.550.550.2B
Yuma Union High School District56.856.855.153.554.653.556.551.251.152.351.951.753.749.9C
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