California school district spending and test scores

Buttonwillow 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 Buttonwillow Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,176   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

670   Median: 783

$8,176 spent per student ($3.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Keppel Union Elementary $8,183
New Haven Unified $8,182
Summerville Elementary $8,180
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
Alpine Union Elementary $8,168
Anaheim Union High $8,168
Brawley Union High $8,168
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Laytonville Unified (365.70) $11,098
South Bay Union Elementary (383.60) $9,694
Colfax Elementary (365.90) $8,723
Westmorland Union Elementary (371.20) $8,704
Buttonwillow Union Elementary (372.30) $8,176
Pioneer Union Elementary (379.50) $8,127
Gerber Union Elementary (385.60) $8,091
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Belridge Elementary $42,094
Taft Union High $21,932
Midway Elementary $21,888
Elk Hills Elementary $11,719
Mckittrick Elementary $11,050
Wasco Union High $8,704
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
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670 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Guadalupe Union Elementary 671
Parlier Unified 670
Mojave Unified 670
Buttonwillow Union Elementary 670
Woodlake Union High 668
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified 665
Twin Ridges Elementary 665
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pioneer Union Elementary (379.50) 839
Colfax Elementary (365.90) 802
Gerber Union Elementary (385.60) 758
South Bay Union Elementary (383.60) 756
Laytonville Unified (365.70) 752
Westmorland Union Elementary (371.20) 695
Buttonwillow Union Elementary (372.30) 670
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mckittrick Elementary 846
Belridge Elementary 815
Midway Elementary 797
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Maple Elementary 775
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Taft Union High 715
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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