California school district spending and test scores

King City Joint Union High 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 King City Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,893   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

689   Median: 783

$9,893 spent per student ($18.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
Westside Elementary $9,920
Cinnabar Elementary $9,898
King City Joint Union High $9,893
San Diego Unified $9,855
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Carpinteria Unified $9,787
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) $10,172
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) $9,893
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) $8,871
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) $8,210
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) $8,163
Lemoore Union High (1,908.10) $8,057
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) $7,901
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified $59,638
Carmel Unified $17,451
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Coast Unified $13,775
Shandon Joint Unified $11,188
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
King City Joint Union High $9,893
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689 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Wasco Union High 690
Lynwood Unified 689
Hope Elementary 689
King City Joint Union High 689
Ravenswood City Elementary 688
Burrel Union Elementary 687
Mineral Elementary 687
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) 825
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) 822
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) 782
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) 756
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) 751
Lemoore Union High (1,908.10) 736
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified N/A
Panoche Elementary N/A
Carmel Unified 897
Jefferson Elementary 832
Coast Unified 785
Shandon Joint Unified 755
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary 754
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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