California school district spending and test scores

El Tejon Unified 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 El Tejon Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,803   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

731   Median: 783

$7,803 spent per student ($8.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
Trinidad Union Elementary $7,804
Salida Union Elementary $7,804
El Tejon Unified $7,803
West Covina Unified $7,800
Little Lake City Elementary $7,793
Hughson Unified $7,791
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) $10,535
Mammoth Unified (1,042.50) $10,253
Heber Elementary (1,058.00) $8,059
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) $7,803
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) $7,558
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) $7,360
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) $6,192
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Kern Union High $9,109
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Fillmore Unified $7,907
El Tejon Unified $7,803
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731 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fontana Unified 731
Vallejo City Unified 731
Willows Unified 731
El Tejon Unified 731
Traver Joint Elementary 731
Patterson Joint Unified 730
San Leandro Unified 730
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) 852
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) 780
Heber Elementary (1,058.00) 771
Mammoth Unified (1,042.50) 771
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) 752
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) 731
Guadalupe Union Elementary (1,060.90) 671
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Gorman Elementary 784
El Tejon Unified 731
Cuyama Joint Unified 720
Fillmore Unified 720
Kern Union High 708
Arvin Union Elementary 706
General Shafter Elementary 674
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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