California school district spending and test scores

Buckeye 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 Buckeye Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,550   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

887   Median: 783

$6,550 spent per student ($29.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary $6,593
Briggs Elementary $6,567
Etiwanda Elementary $6,560
Buckeye Union Elementary $6,550
Plaza Elementary $6,515
Dry Creek Joint Elementary $6,506
Gravenstein Union Elementary $6,479
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Bassett Unified (4,563.40) $9,516
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) $9,473
Shasta Union High (4,545.60) $8,985
Union Elementary (4,583.80) $7,271
Tehachapi Unified (4,566.70) $7,233
Atascadero Unified (4,596.50) $7,135
Buckeye Union Elementary (4,571.90) $6,550
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515
Mother Lode Union Elementary $7,379
Rescue Union Elementary $6,593
Buckeye Union Elementary $6,550

887 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Coronado Unified 888
Gratton Elementary 887
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
Temple City Unified 885
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Poway Unified 883
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Union Elementary (4,583.80) 905
Buckeye Union Elementary (4,571.90) 887
Shasta Union High (4,545.60) 808
Atascadero Unified (4,596.50) 804
Tehachapi Unified (4,566.70) 778
Bassett Unified (4,563.40) 734
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) 718
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Latrobe Elementary 918
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
Mother Lode Union Elementary 849
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
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