California school district spending and test scores

Rosemead 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 Rosemead Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,183   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

840   Median: 783

$8,183 spent per student ($23.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
El Rancho Unified $8,184
Keppel Union Elementary $8,183
Rosemead Elementary $8,183
New Haven Unified $8,182
Summerville Elementary $8,180
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary (2,868.40) $9,056
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) $8,497
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) $8,183
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) $7,901
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) $7,143
Santa Rita Union Elementary (2,870.20) $6,870
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) $6,394
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Garvey Elementary $8,828
El Monte City Elementary $8,370
Rosemead Elementary $8,183
San Gabriel Unified $8,046
Temple City Unified $7,440

840 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Janesville Union Elementary 840
Brentwood Union Elementary 840
Bonita Unified 840
Rosemead Elementary 840
Union Hill Elementary 840
Castaic Union Elementary 840
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary 840
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary (2,868.40) 904
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) 888
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) 862
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) 840
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) 823
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) 778
Santa Rita Union Elementary (2,870.20) 778
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Temple City Unified 885
Rosemead Elementary 840
San Gabriel Unified 830
Garvey Elementary 804
El Monte City Elementary 760
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