California school district spending and test scores

Castaic 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 Castaic Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,615   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

840   Median: 783

$7,615 spent per student ($23.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Whittier City Elementary $7,625
Mesa Union Elementary $7,617
Palmdale Elementary $7,615
Castaic Union Elementary $7,615
Alvina Elementary $7,612
Byron Union Elementary $7,609
Strathmore Union Elementary $7,607
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Parlier Unified (3,080.50) $8,426
Lafayette Elementary (3,110.50) $8,422
Cambrian Elementary (3,116.10) $8,132
Eastside Union Elementary (3,079.10) $7,825
Wasco Union Elementary (3,072.30) $7,745
Castaic Union Elementary (3,089.60) $7,615
Fruitvale Elementary (3,104.10) $6,904
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary $9,235
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Fillmore Unified $7,907
Saugus Union Elementary $7,663
Castaic Union Elementary $7,615
Newhall Elementary $7,056

840 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Janesville Union Elementary 840
Brentwood Union Elementary 840
Bonita Unified 840
Castaic Union Elementary 840
Union Hill Elementary 840
Rosemead Elementary 840
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary 840
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lafayette Elementary (3,110.50) 922
Cambrian Elementary (3,116.10) 878
Fruitvale Elementary (3,104.10) 857
Castaic Union Elementary (3,089.60) 840
Eastside Union Elementary (3,079.10) 699
Wasco Union Elementary (3,072.30) 692
Parlier Unified (3,080.50) 670
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Newhall Elementary 896
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary 881
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Castaic Union Elementary 840
Gorman Elementary 784
Fillmore Unified 720
Antelope Valley Union High 671
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