California school district spending and test scores

Capay Joint Union 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 Capay Joint Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,108   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

857   Median: 783

$6,108 spent per student ($983,487 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Lammersville Elementary $6,170
Norris Elementary $6,112
Capay Joint Union Elementary $6,108
Richmond Elementary $6,092
Waukena Joint Union Elementary $6,074
Lake Elementary $6,019
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sausalito Marin City Elementary (159.70) $33,949
El Nido Elementary (158.10) $10,156
Shasta Union Elementary (163.10) $8,475
Grenada Elementary (158.20) $8,300
West Side Union Elementary (161.30) $7,727
Browns Elementary (163.80) $6,804
Capay Joint Union Elementary (161.00) $6,108
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Chico Unified $8,101
Kirkwood Elementary $6,797
Capay Joint Union Elementary $6,108
Lake Elementary $6,019

857 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ocean View Elementary 857
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
Fruitvale Elementary 857
Capay Joint Union Elementary 857
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Fullerton Elementary 855
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Capay Joint Union Elementary (161.00) 857
Browns Elementary (163.80) 853
Grenada Elementary (158.20) 828
West Side Union Elementary (161.30) 821
El Nido Elementary (158.10) 796
Sausalito Marin City Elementary (159.70) 745
Shasta Union Elementary (163.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Capay Joint Union Elementary 857
Kirkwood Elementary 832
Lake Elementary 810
Chico Unified 789
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