California school district spending and test scores

Rosedale 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 Rosedale Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,176   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

815   Median: 783

$6,176 spent per student ($31.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Maple Elementary $6,248
Solvang Elementary $6,206
Hickman Community Charter $6,192
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Lammersville Elementary $6,170
Norris Elementary $6,112
Capay Joint Union Elementary $6,108
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Encinitas Union Elementary (5,274.70) $8,979
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) $8,283
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) $8,034
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) $7,836
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) $7,447
Travis Unified (5,019.20) $7,409
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) $6,176
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary $7,136
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary $6,995
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Norris Elementary $6,112

815 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Auburn Union Elementary 815
Imperial Unified 815
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Ojai Unified 815
Belridge Elementary 815
Mckinleyville Union Elementary 815
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Encinitas Union Elementary (5,274.70) 905
Travis Unified (5,019.20) 816
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) 815
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) 811
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) 788
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) 772
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) 730
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Fruitvale Elementary 857
Norris Elementary 841
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary 790
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
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