California school district spending and test scores

Kneeland 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 Kneeland Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$11,723   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

698   Median: 783

$11,723 spent per student ($402,564 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Rafael City High $11,900
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary $11,859
Butte Valley Unified $11,802
Kneeland Elementary $11,723
Elk Hills Elementary $11,719
Potter Valley Community Unified $11,708
Big Valley Joint Unified $11,704
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Montgomery Elementary (34.30) $16,539
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) $16,455
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) $14,857
Peninsula Union Elementary (33.50) $11,937
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) $11,723
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) $9,396
Cienega Union Elementary (34.30) $8,718
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Maple Creek Elementary $29,460
Bridgeville Elementary $16,169
Kneeland Elementary $11,723
Blue Lake Union Elementary $10,212
Garfield Elementary $9,559
Cuddeback Union Elementary $9,532
Northern Humboldt Union High $9,326
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698 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Eastside Union Elementary 699
San Bernardino City Unified 699
Farmersville Unified 698
Kneeland Elementary 698
Corning Union High 697
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified 697
Raisin City Elementary 696
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) 934
Cienega Union Elementary (34.30) 859
Montgomery Elementary (34.30) 844
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) 801
Peninsula Union Elementary (33.50) 752
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) 730
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) 698
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Maple Creek Elementary N/A
Garfield Elementary 922
Jacoby Creek Elementary 909
Freshwater Elementary 848
Cuddeback Union Elementary 828
Northern Humboldt Union High 787
Blue Lake Union Elementary 768
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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