California school district spending and test scores

Byron 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 Byron Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,609   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

797   Median: 783

$7,609 spent per student ($12.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Castaic Union Elementary $7,615
Palmdale Elementary $7,615
Alvina Elementary $7,612
Byron Union Elementary $7,609
Strathmore Union Elementary $7,607
Irvine Unified $7,606
Brawley Elementary $7,605
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Wasco Union High (1,631.00) $8,704
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) $8,451
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) $8,270
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) $7,931
Beardsley Elementary (1,665.10) $7,929
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) $7,609
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) $7,437
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Knightsen Elementary $7,824
Byron Union Elementary $7,609
Tracy Joint Unified $7,129
Brentwood Union Elementary $6,918
Lammersville Elementary $6,170

797 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Black Oak Mine Unified 797
Placer Union High 797
Snowline Joint Unified 797
Byron Union Elementary 797
Monrovia Unified 797
Midway Elementary 797
Mariposa County Unified 797
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) 797
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) 758
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) 735
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) 732
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) 725
Beardsley Elementary (1,665.10) 721
Wasco Union High (1,631.00) 690
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lammersville Elementary 862
Knightsen Elementary 848
Brentwood Union Elementary 840
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Byron Union Elementary 797
Tracy Joint Unified 756
Mountain House Elementary 743
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