California school district spending and test scores

American 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 American Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,392   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

743   Median: 783

$8,392 spent per student ($2.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Anaheim City Elementary $8,399
Santa Ana Unified $8,396
Whittier Union High $8,393
American Union Elementary $8,392
Lawndale Elementary $8,390
Woodville Union Elementary $8,388
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Elementary (334.90) $16,240
Mountain Valley Unified (323.40) $12,630
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) $10,941
American Union Elementary (332.00) $8,392
Lakeside Union Elementary (328.20) $8,228
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary (337.10) $8,023
Rockford Elementary (329.50) $7,598
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
West Park Elementary $9,573
Orange Center Elementary $9,264
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Pacific Union Elementary $8,430
American Union Elementary $8,392
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743 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Adelanto Elementary 743
Liberty Elementary 743
Lemoore Union Elementary 743
American Union Elementary 743
Porterville Unified 743
Anderson Union High 743
Mountain House Elementary 743
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Elementary (334.90) 939
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary (337.10) 841
Rockford Elementary (329.50) 792
Mountain Valley Unified (323.40) 754
American Union Elementary (332.00) 743
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) 713
Lakeside Union Elementary (328.20) 621
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacific Union Elementary 800
Kerman Unified 789
Alvina Elementary 763
Caruthers Unified 749
Central Unified 748
American Union Elementary 743
Washington Colony Elementary 729
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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