California school district spending and test scores

Taft City 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 Taft City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,047   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

674   Median: 783

$8,047 spent per student ($16.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Exeter Union High $8,054
Alhambra Unified $8,047
Morongo Unified $8,047
Taft City Elementary $8,047
San Gabriel Unified $8,046
Center Joint Unified $8,045
Luther Burbank Elementary $8,044
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) $17,451
San Rafael City High (1,986.00) $11,900
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) $11,572
Alpine Union Elementary (1,976.60) $8,168
Taft City Elementary (1,986.90) $8,047
Gridley Unified (1,980.70) $7,782
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) $7,392
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Midway Elementary $21,888
Elk Hills Elementary $11,719
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Kern Union High $9,109
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
Taft City Elementary $8,047
Lakeside Union Elementary $7,454
Show more adjacent districts

674 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Earlimart Elementary 675
Palo Verde Unified 674
General Shafter Elementary 674
Taft City Elementary 674
Antelope Valley Union High 671
Guadalupe Union Elementary 671
Stockton Unified 671
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) 897
Alpine Union Elementary (1,976.60) 858
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) 815
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) 811
Gridley Unified (1,980.70) 789
San Rafael City High (1,986.00) 765
Taft City Elementary (1,986.90) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Atascadero Unified 804
Midway Elementary 797
Lakeside Union Elementary 773
Kern Union High 708
Taft City Elementary 674
Buttonwillow Union Elementary 670
Maricopa Unified 649
Show more adjacent districts
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