California school district spending and test scores

Clay Joint 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 Clay Joint Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,367   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

871   Median: 783

$6,367 spent per student ($1.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Southside Elementary $6,409
Ripon Unified $6,394
Central Elementary $6,388
Clay Joint Elementary $6,367
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330
Sequoia Union Elementary $6,324
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Potter Valley Community Unified (238.00) $11,708
Big Valley Joint Unified (213.80) $11,704
Harmony Union Elementary (225.20) $11,353
Lucerne Elementary (237.30) $8,673
Millville Elementary (237.00) $7,712
Johnstonville Elementary (213.70) $6,611
Clay Joint Elementary (229.00) $6,367
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Kings River Union Elementary $8,743
Kings Canyon Joint Unified $8,569
Parlier Unified $8,426
Selma Unified $8,313
Clay Joint Elementary $6,367

871 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Nicasio Elementary 871
Kenwood Elementary 871
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary 871
Clay Joint Elementary 871
Moreland Elementary 870
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
Richmond Elementary 870
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Millville Elementary (237.00) 906
Clay Joint Elementary (229.00) 871
Harmony Union Elementary (225.20) 863
Johnstonville Elementary (213.70) 800
Big Valley Joint Unified (213.80) 770
Lucerne Elementary (237.30) 763
Potter Valley Community Unified (238.00) 728
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Clay Joint Elementary 871
Selma Unified 773
Kings Canyon Joint Unified 748
Kings River Union Elementary 734
Parlier Unified 670
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