California school district spending and test scores

Stony Creek Joint Unified 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 Stony Creek Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$20,907   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

724   Median: 783

$20,907 spent per student ($1.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Trinity Center Elementary $21,220
Montecito Union Elementary $21,048
Orick Elementary $20,955
Stony Creek Joint Unified $20,907
Big Creek Elementary $20,875
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Silver Fork Elementary $19,251
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oro Grande Elementary (93.60) $33,673
Stony Creek Joint Unified (91.30) $20,907
Twin Ridges Elementary (92.10) $18,518
Pine Ridge Elementary (89.80) $18,437
Monte Rio Union Elementary (89.50) $14,280
Dunsmuir Joint Union High (91.20) $13,634
Burrel Union Elementary (92.90) $10,509
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Round Valley Unified $21,676
Stony Creek Joint Unified $20,907
Upper Lake Union High $10,785
Maxwell Unified $9,404
Orland Joint Unified $8,151
Willows Unified $6,959

724 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Escondido Union High 724
Shasta Union Elementary 724
Bishop Joint Union High 724
Stony Creek Joint Unified 724
Santa Ana Unified 723
Willow Creek Elementary 722
Loleta Union Elementary 721
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Monte Rio Union Elementary (89.50) 872
Pine Ridge Elementary (89.80) 846
Oro Grande Elementary (93.60) 829
Stony Creek Joint Unified (91.30) 724
Dunsmuir Joint Union High (91.20) 704
Burrel Union Elementary (92.90) 687
Twin Ridges Elementary (92.10) 665
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Maxwell Unified 776
Willows Unified 731
Orland Joint Unified 729
Stony Creek Joint Unified 724
Upper Lake Union High 685
Round Valley Unified 566
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