California school district spending and test scores

Greenfield 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 Greenfield Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,559   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

758   Median: 783

$7,559 spent per student ($60.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Curtis Creek Elementary $7,573
Downey Unified $7,572
Apple Valley Unified $7,569
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,559
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Soquel Union Elementary $7,556
Martinez Unified $7,555
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Mateo Union High (7,994.10) $11,703
Mountain View Elementary (7,995.50) $9,232
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) $7,806
Greenfield Union Elementary (8,049.80) $7,559
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) $7,264
Brentwood Union Elementary (7,985.10) $6,918
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) $6,916
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bakersfield City Elementary $8,755
Lamont Elementary $8,324
Vineland Elementary $7,745
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,559
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary $7,136
General Shafter Elementary $6,912

758 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Gerber Union Elementary 758
Merced City Elementary 758
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Sweetwater Union High 758
Pasadena Unified 758
Winton Elementary 758
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Brentwood Union Elementary (7,985.10) 840
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) 824
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) 797
San Mateo Union High (7,994.10) 795
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) 785
Greenfield Union Elementary (8,049.80) 758
Mountain View Elementary (7,995.50) 732
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary 790
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Bakersfield City Elementary 706
Lamont Elementary 706
General Shafter Elementary 674
Vineland Elementary 617
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