California school district spending and test scores

Chowchilla 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 Chowchilla Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,074   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

753   Median: 783

$7,074 spent per student ($13.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Stone Corral Elementary $7,092
Fairfax Elementary $7,088
Kingsburg Elementary Charter $7,082
Chowchilla Elementary $7,074
Clear Creek Elementary $7,062
Newhall Elementary $7,056
Sylvan Union Elementary $7,054
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
River Delta Joint Unified (1,923.10) $9,240
Mariposa County Unified (1,929.00) $9,101
Earlimart Elementary (1,919.60) $9,099
Muroc Joint Unified (1,941.20) $8,860
Healdsburg Unified (1,949.60) $8,809
Chowchilla Elementary (1,927.50) $7,074
Exeter Union Elementary (1,913.40) $7,005
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary $12,067
Le Grand Union High $10,318
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Le Grand Union Elementary $8,216
Merced Union High $8,137
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary $8,023
Madera Unified $7,442
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753 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hemet Unified 753
Helendale Elementary 753
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Chowchilla Elementary 753
Kernville Union Elementary 753
Sacramento City Unified 753
Live Oak Elementary 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mariposa County Unified (1,929.00) 797
Muroc Joint Unified (1,941.20) 796
Healdsburg Unified (1,949.60) 766
Exeter Union Elementary (1,913.40) 763
Chowchilla Elementary (1,927.50) 753
River Delta Joint Unified (1,923.10) 728
Earlimart Elementary (1,919.60) 675
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary 841
El Nido Elementary 796
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary 770
Chowchilla Elementary 753
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
Merced Union High 739
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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