California school district spending and test scores

Thermalito 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 Thermalito Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,363   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

733   Median: 783

$9,363 spent per student ($12.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
Centinela Valley Union High $9,366
Thermalito Union Elementary $9,363
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary $9,351
Sunnyvale Elementary $9,341
Sonora Union High $9,338
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) $17,671
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) $9,363
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) $8,489
Cascade Union Elementary (1,336.90) $8,299
Grass Valley Elementary (1,319.30) $8,136
Colusa Unified (1,289.30) $7,985
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) $7,379
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Golden Feather Union Elementary $12,406
Thermalito Union Elementary $9,363
Oroville City Elementary $8,737
Palermo Union Elementary $8,278
Durham Unified $7,544

733 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
New Hope Elementary 733
Madera Unified 733
Paramount Unified 733
Thermalito Union Elementary 733
Sonoma Valley Unified 733
Palm Springs Unified 733
Woodland Joint Unified 733
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) 849
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) 793
Grass Valley Elementary (1,319.30) 780
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) 749
Cascade Union Elementary (1,336.90) 748
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) 733
Colusa Unified (1,289.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Durham Unified 795
Palermo Union Elementary 759
Oroville City Elementary 737
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