California school district spending and test scores

Fortuna 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 Fortuna Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,999   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

770   Median: 783

$7,999 spent per student ($5.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Westminster Elementary $8,013
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008
Campbell Union Elementary $8,005
Fortuna Union Elementary $7,999
Pittsburg Unified $7,995
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Redondo Beach Unified $7,991
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) $14,287
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) $10,703
Wheatland Union High (686.00) $8,378
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) $8,328
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) $7,999
Sutter Union High (663.80) $7,856
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) $7,340
Spending per student in adjacent districts
South Bay Union Elementary $9,694
Loleta Union Elementary $9,331
Ferndale Unified $8,462
Fortuna Union Elementary $7,999
Scotia Union Elementary $7,690
Rio Dell Elementary $7,585
Hydesville Elementary $7,393
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770 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Los Nietos Elementary 770
Chatom Union Elementary 770
Apple Valley Unified 770
Fortuna Union Elementary 770
Big Valley Joint Unified 770
Jamestown Elementary 770
Eastern Sierra Unified 770
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) 946
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) 813
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) 808
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) 806
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) 770
Wheatland Union High (686.00) 733
Sutter Union High (663.80) 727
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Hydesville Elementary 870
Rio Dell Elementary 831
Scotia Union Elementary 808
Rohnerville Elementary 797
Ferndale Unified 784
Fortuna Union Elementary 770
South Bay Union Elementary 756
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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