California school district spending and test scores

Armona 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 Armona Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,366   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

715   Median: 783

$7,366 spent per student ($6.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Murrieta Valley Unified $7,367
Pixley Union Elementary $7,367
Armona Union Elementary $7,366
Susanville Elementary $7,360
Los Banos Unified $7,360
Los Alamos Elementary $7,359
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) $9,934
Hope Elementary (927.70) $8,971
Yreka Union Elementary (921.30) $7,507
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) $7,366
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) $7,147
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) $6,995
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) $6,908
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Central Union Elementary $10,172
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Lakeside Union Elementary $8,228
Lemoore Union High $8,057
Hanford Elementary $7,829
Armona Union Elementary $7,366
Pioneer Union Elementary $6,995
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715 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oxnard Elementary 715
San Jacinto Unified 715
Riverbank Unified 715
Armona Union Elementary 715
Terra Bella Union Elementary 715
Taft Union High 715
Seeley Union Elementary 714
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hope Elementary (927.70) 894
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) 883
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) 864
Yreka Union Elementary (921.30) 796
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) 785
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) 715
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) 700
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pioneer Union Elementary 847
Central Union Elementary 825
Hanford Elementary 770
Lemoore Union Elementary 743
Lemoore Union High 736
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Armona Union Elementary 715
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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