California school district spending and test scores

Surprise Valley Joint Unified 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 Surprise Valley Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$15,207   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

788   Median: 783

$15,207 spent per student ($2.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Warner Unified $15,338
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Surprise Valley Joint Unified $15,207
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Trona Joint Unified $14,915
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Surprise Valley Joint Unified (131.60) $15,207
Chicago Park Elementary (138.30) $7,328
Hope Elementary (130.70) $7,264
Tres Pinos Union Elementary (138.30) $7,199
Stone Corral Elementary (130.80) $7,092
Mupu Elementary (130.40) $6,760
Plaza Elementary (136.70) $6,515
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Ravendale-Termo Elementary $24,880
Surprise Valley Joint Unified $15,207
Modoc Joint Unified $9,514
Lassen Union High $9,431

788 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Lincoln Unified 788
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
Charter Oak Unified 788
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
San Juan Unified 788
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Plaza Elementary (136.70) 875
Chicago Park Elementary (138.30) 829
Mupu Elementary (130.40) 801
Surprise Valley Joint Unified (131.60) 788
Tres Pinos Union Elementary (138.30) 769
Hope Elementary (130.70) 689
Stone Corral Elementary (130.80) 562
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
Modoc Joint Unified 762
Lassen Union High 734
Ravendale-Termo Elementary 725
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