California school district spending and test scores

Janesville 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 Janesville Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,545   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

840   Median: 783

$7,545 spent per student ($2.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Soquel Union Elementary $7,556
Martinez Unified $7,555
Janesville Union Elementary $7,545
Durham Unified $7,544
Arcadia Unified $7,542
Redlands Unified $7,536
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Montecito Union Elementary (390.20) $21,048
Lone Pine Unified (391.50) $14,207
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary (386.50) $11,201
Maxwell Unified (389.00) $9,404
Bella Vista Elementary (392.80) $8,258
Gerber Union Elementary (385.60) $8,091
Janesville Union Elementary (390.00) $7,545
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified $13,365
Fort Sage Unified $12,229
Plumas Unified $11,572
Shaffer Union Elementary $8,362
Janesville Union Elementary $7,545
Johnstonville Elementary $6,611

840 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Brentwood Union Elementary 840
Union Hill Elementary 840
Bonita Unified 840
Janesville Union Elementary 840
Rosemead Elementary 840
Castaic Union Elementary 840
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary 840
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Montecito Union Elementary (390.20) 936
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary (386.50) 935
Janesville Union Elementary (390.00) 840
Bella Vista Elementary (392.80) 814
Maxwell Unified (389.00) 776
Gerber Union Elementary (385.60) 758
Lone Pine Unified (391.50) 738
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Janesville Union Elementary 840
Plumas Unified 811
Johnstonville Elementary 800
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified 794
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Fort Sage Unified 660
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