California school district spending and test scores

Canyon 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 Canyon Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,320   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

898   Median: 783

$9,320 spent per student ($613,524 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Northern Humboldt Union High $9,326
South Fork Union Elementary $9,326
Grossmont Union High $9,325
Canyon Elementary $9,320
Los Gatos Union Elementary $9,311
John Swett Unified $9,311
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary $9,272
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Midway Elementary (61.70) $21,888
Horicon Elementary (66.10) $20,136
Lewiston Elementary (67.40) $13,147
Mountain Union Elementary (71.70) $12,731
Castle Rock Union Elementary (63.70) $11,493
Bend Elementary (63.10) $9,597
Canyon Elementary (65.80) $9,320
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Oakland Unified $10,958
Orinda Union Elementary $9,473
Canyon Elementary $9,320
Moraga Elementary $8,734
Castro Valley Unified $7,429

898 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
San Carlos Elementary 899
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High 898
Walnut Valley Unified 898
Canyon Elementary 898
Carmel Unified 897
Eureka Union Elementary 897
Dixie Elementary 896
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Canyon Elementary (65.80) 898
Castle Rock Union Elementary (63.70) 821
Lewiston Elementary (67.40) 797
Midway Elementary (61.70) 797
Bend Elementary (63.10) 770
Mountain Union Elementary (71.70) 736
Horicon Elementary (66.10) 676
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Moraga Elementary 945
Canyon Elementary 898
Castro Valley Unified 854
Oakland Unified 719
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