California school district spending and test scores

Central 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 Central Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,172   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

825   Median: 783

$10,172 spent per student ($18.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
Allensworth Elementary $10,179
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Central Union Elementary $10,172
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Mountain Elementary $10,150
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) $10,172
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) $9,893
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) $8,871
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) $8,210
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) $8,163
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) $7,901
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) $7,745
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Central Union Elementary $10,172
Riverdale Joint Unified $8,578
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
Reef-Sunset Unified $8,129
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Armona Union Elementary $7,366
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825 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
San Lorenzo Valley Unified 825
Julian Union Elementary 825
Elverta Joint Elementary 825
Central Union Elementary 825
Mendocino Unified 825
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Berryessa Union Elementary 824
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) 825
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) 822
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) 782
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) 756
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) 751
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) 735
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Island Union Elementary 828
Central Union Elementary 825
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Lemoore Union Elementary 743
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Armona Union Elementary 715
Hanford Joint Union High 707
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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