California school district spending and test scores

Beardsley 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 Beardsley Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,929   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

721   Median: 783

$7,929 spent per student ($13.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Southern Kern Unified $7,935
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
Freshwater Elementary $7,927
Carlsbad Unified $7,927
Chatom Union Elementary $7,918
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Anderson Union High (1,672.20) $9,261
Moraga Elementary (1,681.50) $8,734
Bellevue Union Elementary (1,682.00) $8,322
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) $7,931
Beardsley Elementary (1,665.10) $7,929
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) $7,609
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) $7,437
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Standard Elementary $7,283
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Norris Elementary $6,112

721 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Loleta Union Elementary 721
Pomona Unified 721
Hueneme Elementary 721
Beardsley Elementary 721
Oxnard Union High 720
Fillmore Unified 720
Bayshore Elementary 720
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Moraga Elementary (1,681.50) 945
Byron Union Elementary (1,632.50) 797
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified (1,653.80) 758
Anderson Union High (1,672.20) 743
Bellevue Union Elementary (1,682.00) 740
Gustine Unified (1,633.10) 732
Beardsley Elementary (1,665.10) 721
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Fruitvale Elementary 857
Norris Elementary 841
Standard Elementary 745
Beardsley Elementary 721
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
Mcfarland Unified 680
Richland Union Elementary 679
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