California school district spending and test scores

Susanville 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 Susanville Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,360   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

752   Median: 783

$7,360 spent per student ($7.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pixley Union Elementary $7,367
Armona Union Elementary $7,366
Los Banos Unified $7,360
Susanville Elementary $7,360
Los Alamos Elementary $7,359
Valle Lindo Elementary $7,357
Burlingame Elementary $7,356
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union High (1,073.60) $10,940
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) $10,535
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) $10,461
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) $8,054
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) $7,803
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) $7,360
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) $6,192
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Ravendale-Termo Elementary $24,880
Plumas Unified $11,572
Westwood Unified $11,102
Fall River Joint Unified $10,535
Shaffer Union Elementary $8,362
Susanville Elementary $7,360
Johnstonville Elementary $6,611
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752 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified 752
Bangor Union Elementary 752
Alvord Unified 752
Susanville Elementary 752
Leggett Valley Unified 752
Laytonville Unified 752
Southern Trinity Joint Unified 752
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hickman Community Charter (1,065.70) 852
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) 823
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) 780
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) 752
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) 745
El Tejon Unified (1,064.90) 731
Washington Union High (1,073.60) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Richmond Elementary 870
Plumas Unified 811
Johnstonville Elementary 800
Fall River Joint Unified 780
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Susanville Elementary 752
Ravendale-Termo Elementary 725
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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