California school district spending and test scores

Norris 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 Norris Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,112   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

841   Median: 783

$6,112 spent per student ($20.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Hickman Community Charter $6,192
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Lammersville Elementary $6,170
Norris Elementary $6,112
Capay Joint Union Elementary $6,108
Richmond Elementary $6,092
Waukena Joint Union Elementary $6,074
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) $13,157
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) $8,707
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) $8,412
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) $7,896
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) $7,882
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) $7,109
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) $6,112
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Norris Elementary $6,112

841 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Solvang Elementary 841
Columbia Elementary 841
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary 841
Norris Elementary 841
Castaic Union Elementary 840
Rosemead Elementary 840
Bonita Unified 840
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) 897
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) 852
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) 841
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) 815
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) 815
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) 801
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Fruitvale Elementary 857
Norris Elementary 841
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Beardsley Elementary 721
Richland Union Elementary 679
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