California school district spending and test scores

Blue Lake 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 Blue Lake Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,212   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

768   Median: 783

$10,212 spent per student ($1.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Goleta Union Elementary $10,310
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
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Kenwood Elementary (142.20) $13,248
Dunsmuir Elementary (146.50) $10,517
Blue Lake Union Elementary (143.90) $10,212
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary (141.50) $9,941
Butteville Union Elementary (145.30) $7,835
Three Rivers Union Elementary (146.80) $6,958
Lake Elementary (142.40) $6,019
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Maple Creek Elementary $29,460
Green Point Elementary $21,436
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Kneeland Elementary $11,723
Blue Lake Union Elementary $10,212
Arcata Elementary $9,415
Mckinleyville Union Elementary $7,336
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768 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Vacaville Unified 769
Covina-Valley Unified 769
Tres Pinos Union Elementary 769
Blue Lake Union Elementary 768
Fort Ross Elementary 767
Escalon Unified 767
Rim of The World Unified 767
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Kenwood Elementary (142.20) 871
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary (141.50) 812
Lake Elementary (142.40) 810
Three Rivers Union Elementary (146.80) 792
Butteville Union Elementary (145.30) 790
Blue Lake Union Elementary (143.90) 768
Dunsmuir Elementary (146.50) 680
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Green Point Elementary N/A
Maple Creek Elementary N/A
Jacoby Creek Elementary 909
Fieldbrook Elementary 858
Arcata Elementary 820
Mckinleyville Union Elementary 815
Pacific Union Elementary 799
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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