California school district spending and test scores

Rescue 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 Rescue Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,593   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

888   Median: 783

$6,593 spent per student ($26.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Johnstonville Elementary $6,611
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary $6,605
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary $6,593
Rescue Union Elementary $6,593
Briggs Elementary $6,567
Etiwanda Elementary $6,560
Buckeye Union Elementary $6,550
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Del Mar Union Elementary (4,072.50) $9,552
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) $9,389
Moreland Elementary (3,974.80) $9,183
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified (3,973.90) $8,950
Lakeside Union Elementary (3,987.30) $8,478
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified (3,971.60) $8,245
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) $6,593
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515
Gold Trail Union Elementary $7,515
Mother Lode Union Elementary $7,379
Rescue Union Elementary $6,593
Buckeye Union Elementary $6,550

888 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Grant Elementary 890
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Coronado Unified 888
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
Gratton Elementary 887
Temple City Unified 885
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Del Mar Union Elementary (4,072.50) 961
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) 888
Moreland Elementary (3,974.80) 870
Lakeside Union Elementary (3,987.30) 811
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) 733
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified (3,971.60) 697
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified (3,973.90) 665
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
Gold Trail Union Elementary 861
Mother Lode Union Elementary 849
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
Black Oak Mine Unified 797
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