California school district spending and test scores

El Nido 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 El Nido Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,156   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

796   Median: 783

$10,156 spent per student ($1.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Allensworth Elementary $10,179
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Central Union Elementary $10,172
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Mountain Elementary $10,150
Pasadena Unified $10,104
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sausalito Marin City Elementary (159.70) $33,949
El Nido Elementary (158.10) $10,156
Valley Home Joint Elementary (149.40) $8,540
Grenada Elementary (158.20) $8,300
Hydesville Elementary (150.80) $7,393
Clear Creek Elementary (148.80) $7,062
Capay Joint Union Elementary (161.00) $6,108
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Le Grand Union High $10,318
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified $8,463
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary $8,023
Los Banos Unified $7,360
Chowchilla Elementary $7,074
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796 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Muroc Joint Unified 796
Yreka Union Elementary 796
San Rafael City Elementary 796
El Nido Elementary 796
Sunnyvale Elementary 796
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Vallecitos Elementary 795
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hydesville Elementary (150.80) 870
Capay Joint Union Elementary (161.00) 857
Valley Home Joint Elementary (149.40) 852
Clear Creek Elementary (148.80) 829
Grenada Elementary (158.20) 828
El Nido Elementary (158.10) 796
Sausalito Marin City Elementary (159.70) 745
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
McSwain Union Elementary 869
Plainsburg Union Elementary 863
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary 841
El Nido Elementary 796
Weaver Union Elementary 782
Chowchilla Elementary 753
Los Banos Unified 741
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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