California school district spending and test scores

Williams 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 Williams Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,283   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

726   Median: 783

$7,283 spent per student ($8.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Fullerton Elementary $7,290
Standard Elementary $7,283
Williams Unified $7,283
Santee Elementary $7,281
Bonita Unified $7,274
Jefferson Elementary $7,273
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) $8,959
Denair Unified (1,188.30) $8,700
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) $8,497
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) $7,665
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) $7,605
Williams Unified (1,134.00) $7,283
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) $6,330
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Upper Lake Union High $10,785
Maxwell Unified $9,404
Konocti Unified $9,053
Esparto Unified $8,082
Colusa Unified $7,985
Pierce Joint Unified $7,428
Williams Unified $7,283

726 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Perris Union High 727
Le Grand Union High 726
Palmdale Elementary 726
Williams Unified 726
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Ocean View Elementary 725
Ravendale-Termo Elementary 725
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) 864
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) 839
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) 786
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) 772
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) 759
Williams Unified (1,134.00) 726
Denair Unified (1,188.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Maxwell Unified 776
Pierce Joint Unified 737
Esparto Unified 736
Williams Unified 726
Colusa Unified 710
Upper Lake Union High 685
Konocti Unified 681
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