California school district spending and test scores

Golden Feather Union 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 Golden Feather Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,406   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

700   Median: 783

$12,406 spent per student ($1.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Geyserville Unified $12,459
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified $12,450
Calistoga Joint Unified $12,431
Golden Feather Union Elementary $12,406
Citrus South Tule Elementary $12,381
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified $12,333
Sequoia Union High $12,273
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Southern Trinity Joint Unified (114.60) $18,924
Golden Feather Union Elementary (113.90) $12,406
Douglas City Elementary (113.40) $10,726
Belleview Elementary (112.80) $9,218
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary (113.70) $9,010
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary (114.40) $8,796
Nuestro Elementary (114.80) $8,063
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Golden Feather Union Elementary $12,406
Plumas Unified $11,572
Thermalito Union Elementary $9,363
Paradise Unified $8,591
Durham Unified $7,544

700 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
King City Union Elementary 701
Mountain Empire Unified 700
West Fresno Elementary 700
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
Eastside Union Elementary 699
San Bernardino City Unified 699
Kneeland Elementary 698
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Belleview Elementary (112.80) 834
Nuestro Elementary (114.80) 830
Douglas City Elementary (113.40) 812
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary (113.70) 806
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary (114.40) 788
Southern Trinity Joint Unified (114.60) 752
Golden Feather Union Elementary (113.90) 700
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Plumas Unified 811
Durham Unified 795
Paradise Unified 749
Thermalito Union Elementary 733
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
Pioneer Union Elementary 613
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