California school district spending and test scores

West Fresno 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 West Fresno Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,934   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

700   Median: 783

$9,934 spent per student ($9.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Little Shasta Elementary $9,951
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
Junction Elementary $9,936
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
Westside Elementary $9,920
Cinnabar Elementary $9,898
King City Joint Union High $9,893
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) $9,934
Hope Elementary (927.70) $8,971
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) $8,892
Yreka Union Elementary (921.30) $7,507
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) $7,366
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) $7,147
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) $6,995
Spending per student in adjacent districts
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
West Park Elementary $9,573
Orange Center Elementary $9,264
Fresno Unified $9,199
American Union Elementary $8,392

700 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Salinas Union High 701
Mountain Empire Unified 700
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
West Fresno Elementary 700
Eastside Union Elementary 699
San Bernardino City Unified 699
Farmersville Unified 698
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hope Elementary (927.70) 894
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) 864
Yreka Union Elementary (921.30) 796
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) 785
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) 715
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) 700
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) 687
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
American Union Elementary 743
Fresno Unified 711
Orange Center Elementary 708
West Fresno Elementary 700
West Park Elementary 628
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