California school district spending and test scores

Wiseburn 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 Wiseburn Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,884   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

843   Median: 783

$6,884 spent per student ($16.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Templeton Unified $6,903
Lincoln Unified $6,895
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884
Scotts Valley Unified $6,880
Rocklin Unified $6,879
Los Alamitos Unified $6,878
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Carpinteria Unified (2,222.40) $9,787
Riverbank Unified (2,347.20) $9,521
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified (2,360.10) $8,463
Savanna Elementary (2,351.30) $7,809
Linden Unified (2,321.20) $7,530
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) $6,903
Wiseburn Elementary (2,322.20) $6,884
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Lawndale Elementary $8,390
Redondo Beach Unified $7,991
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
El Segundo Unified $7,733
Manhattan Beach Unified $7,467
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843 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Benicia Unified 843
Bradley Union Elementary 843
Oak Grove Union Elementary 843
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Glendale Unified 842
Pacifica School District 842
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) 848
Wiseburn Elementary (2,322.20) 843
Carpinteria Unified (2,222.40) 781
Savanna Elementary (2,351.30) 775
Linden Unified (2,321.20) 774
Riverbank Unified (2,347.20) 715
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified (2,360.10) 702
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Manhattan Beach Unified 926
El Segundo Unified 881
Redondo Beach Unified 868
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Lawndale Elementary 794
Hawthorne Elementary 785
Lennox Elementary 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