California school district spending and test scores

Chualar 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 Chualar Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,828   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

716   Median: 783

$7,828 spent per student ($2.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Butteville Union Elementary $7,835
Pacheco Union Elementary $7,830
Hanford Elementary $7,829
Chualar Union Elementary $7,828
Knights Ferry Elementary $7,827
Oak Grove Elementary $7,826
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified $7,826
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Elementary (334.90) $16,240
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) $10,941
Pacific Union Elementary (345.60) $8,430
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary (337.10) $8,023
Chualar Union Elementary (338.60) $7,828
Springville Union Elementary (340.30) $7,669
Sequoia Union Elementary (346.80) $6,324
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Salinas Union High $8,250
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Chualar Union Elementary $7,828
Alisal Union Elementary $7,816
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322

716 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rio Elementary 716
Moreno Valley Unified 716
Di Giorgio Elementary 716
Chualar Union Elementary 716
Willits Unified 716
Red Bluff Joint Union High 716
El Monte Union High 716
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Elementary (334.90) 939
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary (337.10) 841
Springville Union Elementary (340.30) 812
Pacific Union Elementary (345.60) 800
Sequoia Union Elementary (346.80) 799
Chualar Union Elementary (338.60) 716
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) 713
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Alisal Union Elementary 718
Chualar Union Elementary 716
Salinas Union High 701
Gonzales Unified 682
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