California school district spending and test scores

Graves 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 Graves Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,723   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

839   Median: 783

$8,723 spent per student ($319,069 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Alum Rock Union Elementary $8,735
Moraga Elementary $8,734
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Graves Elementary $8,723
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Owens Valley Unified (38.20) $39,228
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) $17,123
Hornbrook Elementary (38.30) $16,958
Bridgeville Elementary (36.30) $16,169
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) $11,723
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) $9,396
Graves Elementary (36.60) $8,723
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Graves Elementary $8,723
Salinas City Elementary $8,111
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Santa Rita Union Elementary $6,870
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322

839 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Pioneer Union Elementary 839
Mission Union Elementary 839
Placerville Union Elementary 839
Graves Elementary 839
Wright Elementary 838
Gold Oak Union Elementary 837
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Graves Elementary (36.60) 839
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) 801
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) 767
Hornbrook Elementary (38.30) 759
Bridgeville Elementary (36.30) 756
Owens Valley Unified (38.20) 754
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) 698
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Graves Elementary 839
Santa Rita Union Elementary 778
Salinas City Elementary 735
North Monterey County Unified 695
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