California school district spending and test scores

Caliente 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 Caliente Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,643   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

677   Median: 783

$13,643 spent per student ($1.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Coast Unified $13,775
Laguna Beach Unified $13,773
Emery Unified $13,680
Caliente Union Elementary $13,643
Dunsmuir Joint Union High $13,634
Hillsborough City Elementary $13,484
Dehesa Elementary $13,394
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Horicon Elementary (66.10) $20,136
Caliente Union Elementary (74.30) $13,643
Lewiston Elementary (67.40) $13,147
Mountain Union Elementary (71.70) $12,731
Big Springs Union Elementary (74.30) $12,569
Allensworth Elementary (75.30) $10,179
McCloud Union Elementary (76.20) $9,549
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union $18,836
Caliente Union Elementary $13,643
South Fork Union Elementary $9,326
Kernville Union Elementary $8,849
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Edison Elementary $7,718
Mojave Unified $7,643
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677 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Richland Union Elementary 679
Westwood Unified 678
Pixley Union Elementary 677
Caliente Union Elementary 677
Horicon Elementary 676
Earlimart Elementary 675
General Shafter Elementary 674
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
McCloud Union Elementary (76.20) 819
Lewiston Elementary (67.40) 797
Mountain Union Elementary (71.70) 736
Big Springs Union Elementary (74.30) 708
Caliente Union Elementary (74.30) 677
Horicon Elementary (66.10) 676
Allensworth Elementary (75.30) 608
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Tehachapi Unified 778
South Fork Union Elementary 755
Kernville Union Elementary 753
Di Giorgio Elementary 716
Edison Elementary 713
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
Caliente Union Elementary 677
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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