California school district spending and test scores

Chowchilla Union High 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 Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,384   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

711   Median: 783

$8,384 spent per student ($7.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
American Union Elementary $8,392
Lawndale Elementary $8,390
Woodville Union Elementary $8,388
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Wheatland Union High $8,378
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Nevada City Elementary $8,376
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) $15,244
Lassen Union High (906.60) $9,431
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
Waugh Elementary (894.10) $7,600
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary $12,067
Le Grand Union High $10,318
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified $8,463
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Le Grand Union Elementary $8,216
Merced Union High $8,137
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711 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fresno Unified 711
Woodlake Union Elementary 711
Inglewood Unified 711
Chowchilla Union High 711
Denair Unified 710
Montebello Unified 710
Westside Elementary 710
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
Lassen Union High (906.60) 734
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) 715
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) 711
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
El Nido Elementary 796
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary 770
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
Merced Union High 739
Madera Unified 733
Le Grand Union High 726
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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