California school district spending and test scores

Eastern Sierra 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 Eastern Sierra Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$22,998   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

770   Median: 783

$22,998 spent per student ($10.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oak Run Elementary $24,559
Hot Springs Elementary $24,183
Forks of Salmon Elementary $23,037
Eastern Sierra Unified $22,998
Coffee Creek Elementary $22,657
Leggett Valley Unified $22,446
Taft Union High $21,932
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Eastern Sierra Unified (456.60) $22,998
Borrego Springs Unified (452.10) $13,196
Summerville Union High (470.00) $11,266
Ferndale Unified (475.00) $8,462
Foresthill Union Elementary (463.00) $7,670
Brittan Elementary (455.20) $7,403
Pacific Union Elementary (452.70) $7,136
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpine County Unified $29,954
Eastern Sierra Unified $22,998
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified $12,333
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Summerville Union High $11,266
Mammoth Unified $10,253
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
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770 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Los Nietos Elementary 770
Fortuna Union Elementary 770
Apple Valley Unified 770
Eastern Sierra Unified 770
Jamestown Elementary 770
Hanford Elementary 770
Chatom Union Elementary 770
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Foresthill Union Elementary (463.00) 816
Pacific Union Elementary (452.70) 799
Summerville Union High (470.00) 797
Ferndale Unified (475.00) 784
Eastern Sierra Unified (456.60) 770
Brittan Elementary (455.20) 759
Borrego Springs Unified (452.10) 703
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary 832
Summerville Elementary 829
Round Valley Joint Elementary 829
Summerville Union High 797
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Alpine County Unified 778
Mammoth Unified 771
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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