California school district spending and test scores

Richland 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 Richland Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,913   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

679   Median: 783

$7,913 spent per student ($24.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Marysville Joint Unified $7,916
Western Placer Unified $7,914
Rincon Valley Union Elementary $7,913
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Fillmore Unified $7,907
Magnolia Union Elementary $7,907
Placer Union High $7,903
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High (3,046.80) $11,579
Parlier Unified (3,080.50) $8,426
Richland Union Elementary (3,055.50) $7,913
Eastside Union Elementary (3,079.10) $7,825
Wasco Union Elementary (3,072.30) $7,745
Stanislaus Union Elementary (3,031.30) $7,353
Pacifica School District (3,012.90) $7,319
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Wasco Union High $8,704
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Beardsley Elementary $7,929
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Wasco Union Elementary $7,745
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary $6,995
Maple Elementary $6,248
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679 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mcfarland Unified 680
Compton Unified 679
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
Richland Union Elementary 679
Westwood Unified 678
Pixley Union Elementary 677
Caliente Union Elementary 677
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High (3,046.80) 898
Pacifica School District (3,012.90) 842
Stanislaus Union Elementary (3,031.30) 788
Eastside Union Elementary (3,079.10) 699
Wasco Union Elementary (3,072.30) 692
Richland Union Elementary (3,055.50) 679
Parlier Unified (3,080.50) 670
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Norris Elementary 841
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Maple Elementary 775
Beardsley Elementary 721
Wasco Union Elementary 692
Wasco Union High 690
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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