California school district spending and test scores

Edison 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 Edison Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,718   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

713   Median: 783

$7,718 spent per student ($8.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Reeds Creek Elementary $7,728
West Side Union Elementary $7,727
Columbia Elementary $7,719
Edison Elementary $7,718
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Winship-Robbins School District $7,715
Wilsona Elementary $7,714
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union High (1,073.60) $10,940
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) $10,461
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) $8,054
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) $7,718
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) $7,357
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) $7,336
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) $6,330
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Caliente Union Elementary $13,643
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Lamont Elementary $8,324
Edison Elementary $7,718
Di Giorgio Elementary $7,408
Fairfax Elementary $7,088

713 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Azusa Unified 713
La Honda-Pescadero Unified 713
Pajaro Valley Unified 713
Edison Elementary 713
Woodlake Union Elementary 711
Inglewood Unified 711
Chowchilla Union High 711
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mccabe Union Elementary (1,116.00) 864
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) 824
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) 823
Mckinleyville Union Elementary (1,104.30) 815
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) 745
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) 713
Washington Union High (1,073.60) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Di Giorgio Elementary 716
Edison Elementary 713
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
Lamont Elementary 706
Caliente Union Elementary 677
Fairfax Elementary 657
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