California school district spending and test scores

Belridge 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 Belridge Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$42,094   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

815   Median: 783

$42,094 spent per student ($1.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pacific Unified $59,638
New Jerusalem Elementary $55,500
Mineral Elementary $47,977
Belridge Elementary $42,094
Desert Center Unified $39,282
Owens Valley Unified $39,228
Kashia Elementary $34,144
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
New Jerusalem Elementary (23.00) $55,500
Belridge Elementary (26.40) $42,094
Oak Run Elementary (20.90) $24,559
Indian Diggings Elementary (22.10) $14,913
Seiad Elementary (28.10) $12,131
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) $11,120
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) $9,951
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Belridge Elementary $42,094
Mckittrick Elementary $11,050
Kern Union High $9,109
Wasco Union High $8,704
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
Lost Hills Union Elementary $8,029

815 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Imperial Unified 815
Belridge Elementary 815
Ojai Unified 815
Mckinleyville Union Elementary 815
Enterprise Elementary 815
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) 929
Seiad Elementary (28.10) 854
Belridge Elementary (26.40) 815
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) 782
Indian Diggings Elementary (22.10) 777
Oak Run Elementary (20.90) 683
New Jerusalem Elementary (23.00) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mckittrick Elementary 846
Belridge Elementary 815
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Kern Union High 708
Wasco Union High 690
Buttonwillow Union Elementary 670
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