California school district spending and test scores

Bishop 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 Bishop Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,959   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

786   Median: 783

$8,959 spent per student ($10.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Hope Elementary $8,971
Hayward Unified $8,962
Bishop Union Elementary $8,959
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified $8,950
Ross Valley Elementary $8,947
Petaluma City Elementary/Joint Union High $8,933
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) $12,591
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) $8,959
Denair Unified (1,188.30) $8,700
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) $8,497
Aromas/San Juan Unified (1,191.20) $8,033
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) $7,605
Williams Unified (1,134.00) $7,283
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
Bishop Union Elementary $8,959
Round Valley Joint Elementary $8,580

786 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Beaumont Unified 786
Center Joint Unified 786
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Red Bluff Union Elementary 786
Cabrillo Unified 785
Coast Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) 953
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) 839
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) 786
Calipatria Unified (1,124.00) 772
Williams Unified (1,134.00) 726
Aromas/San Juan Unified (1,191.20) 717
Denair Unified (1,188.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Big Creek Elementary 862
Pine Ridge Elementary 846
Round Valley Joint Elementary 829
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Eastern Sierra Unified 770
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