California school district spending and test scores

Greenfield 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 Greenfield Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,584   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

654   Median: 783

$7,584 spent per student ($18.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified $7,592
Cupertino Union Elementary $7,590
Rio Dell Elementary $7,585
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,584
Rio Elementary $7,583
Claremont Unified $7,581
Antioch Unified $7,578
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Piedmont City Unified (2,467.70) $11,579
Farmersville Unified (2,444.00) $9,223
Oroville City Elementary (2,509.70) $8,737
Oroville Union High (2,516.00) $8,218
Mendota Unified (2,482.80) $8,125
Greenfield Union Elementary (2,470.90) $7,584
Scotts Valley Unified (2,467.80) $6,880
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified $59,638
Carmel Unified $17,451
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Soledad Unified $7,807
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,584
King City Union Elementary $7,464

654 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Washington Union High 657
San Pasqual Valley Unified 657
Fairfax Elementary 657
Greenfield Union Elementary 654
Baker Valley Unified 653
Maricopa Unified 649
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union 645
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Piedmont City Unified (2,467.70) 925
Scotts Valley Unified (2,467.80) 879
Mendota Unified (2,482.80) 740
Oroville City Elementary (2,509.70) 737
Farmersville Unified (2,444.00) 698
Oroville Union High (2,516.00) 692
Greenfield Union Elementary (2,470.90) 654
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified N/A
Carmel Unified 897
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
King City Union Elementary 701
Soledad Unified 696
Greenfield Union Elementary 654
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