California school district spending and test scores

Bass Lake Joint 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 Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,978   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

794   Median: 783

$7,978 spent per student ($6.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Redondo Beach Unified $7,991
Liberty Elementary $7,990
Colusa Unified $7,985
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary $7,978
Washington Unified $7,975
Novato Unified $7,974
Banta Elementary $7,973
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Modoc Joint Unified (831.20) $9,514
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) $8,624
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) $8,384
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary (861.90) $7,978
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary (852.30) $7,861
Vineland Elementary (852.20) $7,745
Waugh Elementary (894.10) $7,600
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary $12,067
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Mariposa County Unified $9,101
Yosemite Unified $8,790
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary $7,978

794 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
Lawndale Elementary 794
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary 794
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified 794
Saint Helena Unified 793
Plum Valley Elementary 793
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Waugh Elementary (894.10) 903
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary (852.30) 801
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary (861.90) 794
Modoc Joint Unified (831.20) 762
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) 715
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) 711
Vineland Elementary (852.20) 617
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mariposa County Unified 797
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary 794
Yosemite Unified 776
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary 770
Chawanakee Unified 764
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