California school district spending and test scores

Fairfax 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 Fairfax Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,088   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

657   Median: 783

$7,088 spent per student ($14.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Tustin Unified $7,096
Amador County Unified $7,093
Stone Corral Elementary $7,092
Fairfax Elementary $7,088
Kingsburg Elementary Charter $7,082
Chowchilla Elementary $7,074
Clear Creek Elementary $7,062
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Galt Joint Union High (2,113.90) $8,615
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) $8,423
Orland Joint Unified (2,118.30) $8,151
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) $7,791
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) $7,464
Millbrae Elementary (2,100.40) $7,447
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) $7,088
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Lamont Elementary $8,324
Edison Elementary $7,718
Fairfax Elementary $7,088

657 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lindsay Unified 658
San Pasqual Valley Unified 657
Washington Union High 657
Fairfax Elementary 657
Greenfield Union Elementary 654
Baker Valley Unified 653
Maricopa Unified 649
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Millbrae Elementary (2,100.40) 880
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) 786
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) 774
Galt Joint Union High (2,113.90) 744
Orland Joint Unified (2,118.30) 729
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) 701
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Edison Elementary 713
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
Lamont Elementary 706
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