California school district spending and test scores

Raisin City 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 Raisin City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,183   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

696   Median: 783

$10,183 spent per student ($2.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Ready Springs Union Elementary $10,278
Mammoth Unified $10,253
Blue Lake Union Elementary $10,212
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
Allensworth Elementary $10,179
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Central Union Elementary $10,172
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Butte Valley Unified (295.10) $11,802
Shandon Joint Unified (281.50) $11,188
Raisin City Elementary (288.20) $10,183
Junction Elementary (285.90) $9,936
Guerneville Elementary (280.50) $9,389
Weed Union Elementary (290.80) $8,881
Rio Dell Elementary (290.70) $7,585
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Washington Union High $10,940
Burrel Union Elementary $10,509
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
Caruthers Unified $8,489
American Union Elementary $8,392
Kerman Unified $7,329

696 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Victor Valley Union High 696
West Contra Costa Unified 696
Soledad Unified 696
Raisin City Elementary 696
Westmorland Union Elementary 695
North Monterey County Unified 695
Wasco Union Elementary 692
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Guerneville Elementary (280.50) 851
Junction Elementary (285.90) 845
Rio Dell Elementary (290.70) 831
Shandon Joint Unified (281.50) 755
Butte Valley Unified (295.10) 741
Weed Union Elementary (290.80) 740
Raisin City Elementary (288.20) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Kerman Unified 789
Caruthers Unified 749
American Union Elementary 743
Raisin City Elementary 696
Burrel Union Elementary 687
Washington Union High 657
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