California school district spending and test scores

Richmond 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 Richmond Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,092   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

870   Median: 783

$6,092 spent per student ($1.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lammersville Elementary $6,170
Norris Elementary $6,112
Capay Joint Union Elementary $6,108
Richmond Elementary $6,092
Waukena Joint Union Elementary $6,074
Lake Elementary $6,019
Franklin Elementary $5,887
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Baker Valley Unified (204.80) $12,533
Vallecitos Elementary (205.70) $8,744
New Hope Elementary (203.30) $8,449
Wilmar Union Elementary (197.80) $8,293
Alvina Elementary (197.10) $7,612
Columbine Elementary (197.00) $6,712
Richmond Elementary (203.20) $6,092
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Plumas Unified $11,572
Susanville Elementary $7,360
Johnstonville Elementary $6,611
Richmond Elementary $6,092

870 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
Moreland Elementary 870
Hydesville Elementary 870
Richmond Elementary 870
McSwain Union Elementary 869
Fremont Unified 868
Redondo Beach Unified 868
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Columbine Elementary (197.00) 878
Wilmar Union Elementary (197.80) 876
Richmond Elementary (203.20) 870
Vallecitos Elementary (205.70) 795
Alvina Elementary (197.10) 763
New Hope Elementary (203.30) 733
Baker Valley Unified (204.80) 653
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Richmond Elementary 870
Plumas Unified 811
Johnstonville Elementary 800
Susanville Elementary 752
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