California school district spending and test scores

Nicasio 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 Nicasio Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,059   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

871   Median: 783

$17,059 spent per student ($801,082 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High $17,127
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mattole Unified (45.60) $31,771
Nicasio Elementary (47.00) $17,059
Camptonville Elementary (43.00) $16,957
Willow Creek Elementary (45.50) $10,331
Big Lagoon Union Elementary (51.30) $9,526
Gazelle Union Elementary (52.20) $9,178
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) $8,707
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
San Rafael City High $11,900
Laguna Joint Elementary $11,120
Lagunitas Elementary $10,868
Dixie Elementary $9,761
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871 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary 871
Kenwood Elementary 871
Clay Joint Elementary 871
Nicasio Elementary 871
Richmond Elementary 870
Moreland Elementary 870
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Nicasio Elementary (47.00) 871
Big Lagoon Union Elementary (51.30) 866
Camptonville Elementary (43.00) 790
Gazelle Union Elementary (52.20) 762
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) 743
Mattole Unified (45.60) 728
Willow Creek Elementary (45.50) 722
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Dixie Elementary 896
Nicasio Elementary 871
Novato Unified 827
Shoreline Unified 792
Lincoln Elementary 791
Lagunitas Elementary 774
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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