California school district spending and test scores

Shaffer 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 Shaffer Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,362   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

753   Median: 783

$8,362 spent per student ($2.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Lakeport Unified $8,372
El Monte City Elementary $8,370
Shaffer Union Elementary $8,362
Albany City Unified $8,356
Hacienda La Puente Unified $8,356
San Marino Unified $8,350
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cuyama Joint Unified (249.80) $10,329
Shaffer Union Elementary (256.70) $8,362
Liberty Elementary (256.10) $7,168
Richfield Elementary (246.80) $7,112
Island Union Elementary (258.30) $7,016
Maple Elementary (261.40) $6,248
Waukena Joint Union Elementary (257.10) $6,074
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Ravendale-Termo Elementary $24,880
Fort Sage Unified $12,229
Shaffer Union Elementary $8,362
Janesville Union Elementary $7,545
Susanville Elementary $7,360
Johnstonville Elementary $6,611

753 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Helendale Elementary 753
Kernville Union Elementary 753
Hemet Unified 753
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Live Oak Elementary 753
Sacramento City Unified 753
Chowchilla Elementary 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Richfield Elementary (246.80) 858
Island Union Elementary (258.30) 828
Maple Elementary (261.40) 775
Shaffer Union Elementary (256.70) 753
Liberty Elementary (256.10) 743
Cuyama Joint Unified (249.80) 720
Waukena Joint Union Elementary (257.10) 679
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Janesville Union Elementary 840
Johnstonville Elementary 800
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Susanville Elementary 752
Ravendale-Termo Elementary 725
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