California school district spending and test scores

Corcoran Joint Unified 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 Corcoran Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,458   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

725   Median: 783

$8,458 spent per student ($25.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified $8,463
Ferndale Unified $8,462
Franklin-McKinley Elementary $8,462
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Holtville Unified $8,451
New Hope Elementary $8,449
Pacific Union Elementary $8,430
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High (3,046.80) $11,579
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) $8,548
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) $8,497
Corcoran Joint Unified (2,994.70) $8,458
Stanislaus Union Elementary (3,031.30) $7,353
Pacifica School District (3,012.90) $7,319
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) $6,993
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Central Union Elementary $10,172
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Wasco Union High $8,704
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Tipton Elementary $8,229
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725 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ocean View Elementary 725
Laton Joint Unified 725
Twin Rivers Unified 725
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Kelseyville Unified 725
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary 725
Ravendale-Termo Elementary 725
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High (3,046.80) 898
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) 888
Pacifica School District (3,012.90) 842
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) 798
Stanislaus Union Elementary (3,031.30) 788
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) 743
Corcoran Joint Unified (2,994.70) 725
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Central Union Elementary 825
Pond Union Elementary 816
Tipton Elementary 765
Palo Verde Union Elementary 764
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Delano Joint Union High 748
Lemoore Union High 736
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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