Instructional Materials Update

MDR’s annual school spending update reveals U.S. K-12 public schools increased instructional spending by a remarkable 9% in the 2013-2014 school year…representing an additional $964 million compared to the prior year.


See the Top 100 Districts With the Most AIM Growth

All Instructional Materials (AIM), an MDR data measure, details how much schools spend on supplies and materials used for instructional purposes. This is the most current expenditure data available that reflects true district spending on instructional materials.

Download the top 100 public school districts with enrollments over 1,000 students that reported the largest percentage increase in AIM expenditure over prior year.



Increased instructional materials spending not only reflects districts’ overall improved budget outlooks but also the willingness of districts to spend money for discretionary items. That includes art and science supplies and digital resources.


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