California school district spending and test scores

Calipatria 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 Calipatria Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,497   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

772   Median: 783

$8,497 spent per student ($9.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fortuna Union High $8,515
Cabrillo Unified $8,512
Coronado Unified $8,497
Calipatria Unified $8,497
Oceanside Unified $8,492
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Santa Clara Elementary $8,488
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) $8,959
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) $8,497
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) $7,665
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) $7,605
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) $7,336
Williams Unified (1,134.00) $7,283
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) $6,330
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Desert Center Unified $39,282
Coachella Valley Unified $8,767
Westmorland Union Elementary $8,704
Calipatria Unified $8,497
Brawley Union High $8,168
Magnolia Union Elementary $7,907
Brawley Elementary $7,605
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772 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Windsor Unified 772
Franklin-McKinley Elementary 772
Tulare City Elementary 772
Calipatria Unified 772
Duarte Unified 772
El Centro Elementary 772
Ducor Union Elementary 771
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) 864
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) 839
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) 815
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) 786
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) 772
Kingsburg Joint Union High (1,119.70) 759
Williams Unified (1,134.00) 726
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
Mulberry Elementary 784
Calipatria Unified 772
Brawley Elementary 751
Brawley Union High 704
Westmorland Union Elementary 695
Coachella Valley Unified 685
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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