California school district spending and test scores

Kingsburg Joint Union High 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 Kingsburg Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,665   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$7,665 spent per student ($8.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
Foresthill Union Elementary $7,670
Springville Union Elementary $7,669
Kingsburg Joint Union High $7,665
Saugus Union Elementary $7,663
Burbank Unified $7,659
Perris Elementary $7,653
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) $8,497
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) $7,665
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) $7,605
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) $7,357
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) $7,336
Williams Unified (1,134.00) $7,283
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) $6,330
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Kit Carson Union Elementary $9,173
Kings Canyon Joint Unified $8,569
Parlier Unified $8,426
Dinuba Unified $8,418
Selma Unified $8,313
Laton Joint Unified $8,032
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
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759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Winters Joint Unified 759
Morongo Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
Trinity Alps Unified 759
Delhi Unified 759
Long Beach Unified 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) 864
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) 839
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) 824
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) 815
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) 772
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) 759
Williams Unified (1,134.00) 726
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Selma Unified 773
Kit Carson Union Elementary 760
Visalia Unified 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
Kings Canyon Joint Unified 748
Dinuba Unified 733
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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