California school district spending and test scores

Washington 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 Washington Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,940   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

657   Median: 783

$10,940 spent per student ($11.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Richgrove Elementary $10,998
Oakland Unified $10,958
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Washington Union High $10,940
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
Anderson Valley Unified $10,891
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union High (1,073.60) $10,940
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) $10,535
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) $10,461
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) $8,054
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) $7,718
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) $7,360
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) $6,192
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Washington Union High $10,940
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
Fresno Unified $9,199
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Monroe Elementary $8,465
Alvina Elementary $7,612
Fowler Unified $7,355
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657 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lindsay Unified 658
San Pasqual Valley Unified 657
Fairfax Elementary 657
Washington Union High 657
Greenfield Union Elementary 654
Baker Valley Unified 653
Maricopa Unified 649
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) 852
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) 823
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) 780
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) 752
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) 745
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) 713
Washington Union High (1,073.60) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Kerman Unified 789
Monroe Elementary 783
Alvina Elementary 763
Caruthers Unified 749
Central Unified 748
Fowler Unified 740
Fresno Unified 711
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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