California school district spending and test scores

Winton 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 Winton Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,395   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

758   Median: 783

$7,395 spent per student ($12.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lucia Mar Unified $7,406
Brittan Elementary $7,403
Cypress Elementary $7,395
Winton Elementary $7,395
Hydesville Elementary $7,393
Auburn Union Elementary $7,392
Temecula Valley Unified $7,388
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) $12,647
Dixie Elementary (1,738.50) $9,761
Fort Bragg Unified (1,743.30) $9,523
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) $8,337
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) $8,168
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) $7,556
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) $7,395
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Merced River Union Elementary $9,498
Livingston Union Elementary $9,104
Ballico-Cressey Elementary $7,635
Winton Elementary $7,395
Atwater Elementary $7,049

758 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Merced City Elementary 758
Winton Elementary 758
Sweetwater Union High 758
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
Gerber Union Elementary 758
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Dixie Elementary (1,738.50) 896
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) 877
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) 828
Fort Bragg Unified (1,743.30) 762
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) 758
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) 753
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) 704
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ballico-Cressey Elementary 787
Atwater Elementary 774
Winton Elementary 758
Livingston Union Elementary 756
Merced River Union Elementary 749
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