California school district spending and test scores

Bishop Joint Union High 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 Bishop Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,028   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

724   Median: 783

$9,028 spent per student ($5.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary $9,056
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
Konocti Unified $9,053
Bishop Joint Union High $9,028
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary $9,010
Corning Union High $9,001
Shasta Union High $8,985
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) $14,287
Siskiyou Union High (654.20) $10,153
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) $9,028
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) $8,328
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) $7,918
Sutter Union High (663.80) $7,856
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary (652.50) $6,593
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Eastern Sierra Unified $22,998
Big Creek Elementary $20,875
Pine Ridge Elementary $18,437
Big Pine Unified $15,566
Mammoth Unified $10,253
Bishop Joint Union High $9,028

724 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Escondido Union High 724
Shasta Union Elementary 724
Stony Creek Joint Unified 724
Bishop Joint Union High 724
Santa Ana Unified 723
Willow Creek Elementary 722
Loleta Union Elementary 721
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) 946
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) 813
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary (652.50) 806
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) 770
Siskiyou Union High (654.20) 755
Sutter Union High (663.80) 727
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Big Creek Elementary 862
Pine Ridge Elementary 846
Mammoth Unified 771
Eastern Sierra Unified 770
Bishop Joint Union High 724
Big Pine Unified 632
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