California school district spending and test scores

Big Creek 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 Big Creek Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$20,875   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

862   Median: 783

$20,875 spent per student ($842,507 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Montecito Union Elementary $21,048
Orick Elementary $20,955
Stony Creek Joint Unified $20,907
Big Creek Elementary $20,875
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Silver Fork Elementary $19,251
Woodside Elementary $19,088
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Owens Valley Unified (38.20) $39,228
Big Creek Elementary (40.40) $20,875
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) $17,123
Hornbrook Elementary (38.30) $16,958
Camptonville Elementary (43.00) $16,957
Citrus South Tule Elementary (42.60) $12,381
Willow Creek Elementary (45.50) $10,331
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Big Creek Elementary $20,875
Pine Ridge Elementary $18,437
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Sierra Unified $10,845
Mammoth Unified $10,253
Bishop Joint Union High $9,028
Bishop Union Elementary $8,959
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862 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Capistrano Unified 862
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Big Creek Elementary 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Lammersville Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Big Creek Elementary (40.40) 862
Camptonville Elementary (43.00) 790
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) 767
Hornbrook Elementary (38.30) 759
Owens Valley Unified (38.20) 754
Willow Creek Elementary (45.50) 722
Citrus South Tule Elementary (42.60) 545
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Big Creek Elementary 862
Pine Ridge Elementary 846
Round Valley Joint Elementary 829
Sierra Unified 813
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Mammoth Unified 771
Chawanakee Unified 764
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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