California school district spending and test scores

East Whittier City 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 East Whittier City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,584   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

824   Median: 783

$9,584 spent per student ($81.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cardiff Elementary $9,631
Bend Elementary $9,597
Los Molinos Unified $9,591
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
West Park Elementary $9,573
Garfield Elementary $9,559
Del Mar Union Elementary $9,552
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) $9,584
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) $8,696
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) $8,425
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) $7,680
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) $7,429
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) $7,360
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) $6,919
Spending per student in adjacent districts
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
Fullerton Joint Union High $8,766
Hacienda La Puente Unified $8,356
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified $8,301
Los Nietos Elementary $8,222
South Whittier Elementary $7,768
Whittier City Elementary $7,625
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824 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Culver City Unified 824
Berryessa Union Elementary 824
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
East Whittier City Elementary 824
William S. Hart Union High 824
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Wheatland Elementary 823
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) 854
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) 828
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) 824
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) 805
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) 763
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) 741
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) 715
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
East Whittier City Elementary 824
Fullerton Joint Union High 811
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
Los Nietos Elementary 770
Whittier City Elementary 755
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified 754
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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