California school district spending and test scores

Kernville 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 Kernville Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,849   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

753   Median: 783

$8,849 spent per student ($7.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Paula Elementary $8,867
Muroc Joint Unified $8,860
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
Kernville Union Elementary $8,849
Garvey Elementary $8,828
Campbell Union High $8,825
Mountain View-Whisman Elementary $8,818
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Bret Harte Union High (777.20) $13,295
Calistoga Joint Unified (809.50) $12,431
Kernville Union Elementary (791.40) $8,849
Planada Elementary (766.00) $8,477
Oak Grove Union Elementary (787.80) $7,427
Hamilton Unified (800.50) $7,272
McSwain Union Elementary (802.80) $6,667
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hot Springs Elementary $24,183
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union $18,836
Caliente Union Elementary $13,643
South Fork Union Elementary $9,326
Kernville Union Elementary $8,849

753 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hemet Unified 753
Helendale Elementary 753
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Kernville Union Elementary 753
Chowchilla Elementary 753
Live Oak Elementary 753
Sacramento City Unified 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
McSwain Union Elementary (802.80) 869
Oak Grove Union Elementary (787.80) 843
Bret Harte Union High (777.20) 763
Calistoga Joint Unified (809.50) 758
Kernville Union Elementary (791.40) 753
Planada Elementary (766.00) 739
Hamilton Unified (800.50) 702
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
South Fork Union Elementary 755
Kernville Union Elementary 753
Hot Springs Elementary 692
Caliente Union Elementary 677
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union 645
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