California school district spending and test scores

Alvina 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 Alvina Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,612   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

763   Median: 783

$7,612 spent per student ($1.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mesa Union Elementary $7,617
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
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Newcastle Elementary (196.00) $12,856
Ready Springs Union Elementary (196.10) $10,278
New Hope Elementary (203.30) $8,449
Wilmar Union Elementary (197.80) $8,293
Alvina Elementary (197.10) $7,612
Columbine Elementary (197.00) $6,712
Richmond Elementary (203.20) $6,092
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Washington Union High $10,940
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Monroe Elementary $8,465
Pacific Union Elementary $8,430
American Union Elementary $8,392
Alvina Elementary $7,612

763 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Briggs Elementary 763
Delphic Elementary 763
Alvina Elementary 763
Dehesa Elementary 763
Redwood City Elementary 763
Lucerne Elementary 763
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Columbine Elementary (197.00) 878
Newcastle Elementary (196.00) 878
Wilmar Union Elementary (197.80) 876
Richmond Elementary (203.20) 870
Alvina Elementary (197.10) 763
New Hope Elementary (203.30) 733
Ready Springs Union Elementary (196.10) 701
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacific Union Elementary 800
Monroe Elementary 783
Alvina Elementary 763
Caruthers Unified 749
American Union Elementary 743
Washington Union High 657
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