California school district spending and test scores

Brawley 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 Brawley Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,605   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

751   Median: 783

$7,605 spent per student ($27.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Strathmore Union Elementary $7,607
Irvine Unified $7,606
Placerville Union Elementary $7,605
Brawley Elementary $7,605
Jurupa Unified $7,601
Waugh Elementary $7,600
Culver City Unified $7,599
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) $15,100
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) $13,157
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) $10,310
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) $8,867
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) $7,768
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) $7,717
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) $7,605
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Westmorland Union Elementary $8,704
Calipatria Unified $8,497
Holtville Unified $8,451
Magnolia Union Elementary $7,907
Brawley Elementary $7,605
Mulberry Elementary $7,352
Imperial Unified $7,109

751 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Natomas Unified 751
Robla Elementary 751
Dixon Unified 751
Brawley Elementary 751
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) 865
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) 862
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) 852
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) 777
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) 751
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) 720
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) 707
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
Imperial Unified 815
Mulberry Elementary 784
Calipatria Unified 772
Brawley Elementary 751
Holtville Unified 735
Westmorland Union Elementary 695
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