California school district spending and test scores

Emery 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 Emery Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,680   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

709   Median: 783

$13,680 spent per student ($9.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
Coast Unified $13,775
Laguna Beach Unified $13,773
Emery Unified $13,680
Caliente Union Elementary $13,643
Dunsmuir Joint Union High $13,634
Hillsborough City Elementary $13,484
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Emery Unified (726.90) $13,680
Chawanakee Unified (730.90) $11,287
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) $9,652
Woodlake Union High (748.90) $9,470
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) $8,809
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) $8,254
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) $6,749
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Emery Unified $13,680
Berkeley Unified $12,092
Oakland Unified $10,958

709 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Colton Joint Unified 710
Los Angeles Unified 709
Southern Kern Unified 709
Emery Unified 709
Orange Center Elementary 708
Big Springs Union Elementary 708
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) 849
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) 794
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) 792
Chawanakee Unified (730.90) 764
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) 728
Emery Unified (726.90) 709
Woodlake Union High (748.90) 668
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Berkeley Unified 785
Oakland Unified 719
Emery Unified 709
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