California school district spending and test scores

Reed 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 Reed Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,591   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

953   Median: 783

$12,591 spent per student ($15.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Ballard Elementary $12,696
Pacific Grove Unified $12,647
Mountain Valley Unified $12,630
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Big Springs Union Elementary $12,569
Baker Valley Unified $12,533
Geyserville Unified $12,459
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Las Lomitas Elementary (1,199.70) $13,163
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) $12,591
Larkspur Elementary (1,219.00) $10,438
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) $8,959
Denair Unified (1,188.30) $8,700
Aromas/San Juan Unified (1,191.20) $8,033
Hermosa Beach City Elementary (1,202.90) $7,527
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Sausalito Marin City Elementary $33,949
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Mill Valley Elementary $10,357
San Francisco Unified $9,715

953 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lakeside Joint Elementary 963
Del Mar Union Elementary 961
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Reed Union Elementary 953
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Cold Spring Elementary 949
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Las Lomitas Elementary (1,199.70) 963
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) 953
Hermosa Beach City Elementary (1,202.90) 936
Larkspur Elementary (1,219.00) 920
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) 786
Aromas/San Juan Unified (1,191.20) 717
Denair Unified (1,188.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Reed Union Elementary 953
Mill Valley Elementary 932
Larkspur Elementary 920
San Francisco Unified 791
Sausalito Marin City Elementary 745
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