California school district spending and test scores

Fruitvale 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 Fruitvale Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,904   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

857   Median: 783

$6,904 spent per student ($21.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oakley Union Elementary $6,909
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908
Washington Union Elementary $6,908
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Templeton Unified $6,903
Lincoln Unified $6,895
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mcfarland Unified (3,134.80) $8,704
Parlier Unified (3,080.50) $8,426
Lafayette Elementary (3,110.50) $8,422
Cambrian Elementary (3,116.10) $8,132
Eastside Union Elementary (3,079.10) $7,825
Castaic Union Elementary (3,089.60) $7,615
Fruitvale Elementary (3,104.10) $6,904
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary $7,136
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Norris Elementary $6,112

857 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ocean View Elementary 857
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
Capay Joint Union Elementary 857
Fruitvale Elementary 857
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Fullerton Elementary 855
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lafayette Elementary (3,110.50) 922
Cambrian Elementary (3,116.10) 878
Fruitvale Elementary (3,104.10) 857
Castaic Union Elementary (3,089.60) 840
Eastside Union Elementary (3,079.10) 699
Mcfarland Unified (3,134.80) 680
Parlier Unified (3,080.50) 670
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Fruitvale Elementary 857
Norris Elementary 841
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary 790
Beardsley Elementary 721
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
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