California school district spending and test scores

Caruthers Unified 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 Caruthers Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,489   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

749   Median: 783

$8,489 spent per student ($10.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Calipatria Unified $8,497
Coronado Unified $8,497
Oceanside Unified $8,492
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Santa Clara Elementary $8,488
Davis Joint Unified $8,487
Lakeside Union Elementary $8,478
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) $17,671
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) $9,363
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) $8,489
Grass Valley Elementary (1,319.30) $8,136
Colusa Unified (1,289.30) $7,985
Pierce Joint Unified (1,272.50) $7,428
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) $7,379
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Washington Union High $10,940
Burrel Union Elementary $10,509
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
Riverdale Joint Unified $8,578
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Monroe Elementary $8,465
Pacific Union Elementary $8,430
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749 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Silver Valley Unified 749
Paradise Unified 749
Caruthers Unified 749
Cinnabar Elementary 749
Merced River Union Elementary 749
Cascade Union Elementary 748
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) 849
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) 793
Grass Valley Elementary (1,319.30) 780
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) 749
Pierce Joint Unified (1,272.50) 737
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) 733
Colusa Unified (1,289.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacific Union Elementary 800
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Monroe Elementary 783
Alvina Elementary 763
Caruthers Unified 749
American Union Elementary 743
Laton Joint Unified 725
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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