California school district spending and test scores

Del Norte County 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 Del Norte County Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,071   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

750   Median: 783

$10,071 spent per student ($32.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mountain Elementary $10,150
Pasadena Unified $10,104
Princeton Joint Unified $10,103
Del Norte County Unified $10,071
Fallbrook Union High $10,068
Roseland Elementary $10,059
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Del Norte County Unified (3,224.10) $10,071
Cabrillo Unified (3,214.40) $8,512
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) $8,412
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) $7,896
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) $7,733
Calaveras Unified (3,226.30) $7,429
Walnut Creek Elementary (3,197.90) $7,345
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Orick Elementary $20,955
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Happy Camp Union Elementary $12,863
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Del Norte County Unified $10,071
Northern Humboldt Union High $9,326

750 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Manteca Unified 750
Jefferson Union High 750
Fairfield-Suisun Unified 750
Del Norte County Unified 750
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Cinnabar Elementary 749
Paradise Unified 749
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Walnut Creek Elementary (3,197.90) 907
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) 881
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) 815
Cabrillo Unified (3,214.40) 785
Calaveras Unified (3,226.30) 782
Del Norte County Unified (3,224.10) 750
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Northern Humboldt Union High 787
Siskiyou Union High 755
Del Norte County Unified 750
Orick Elementary 691
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified 682
Happy Camp Union Elementary 625
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