California school district spending and test scores

King City 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 King City Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,464   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

701   Median: 783

$7,464 spent per student ($15.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Meridian Elementary $7,472
Manhattan Beach Unified $7,467
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
King City Union Elementary $7,464
Lakeside Union Elementary $7,454
Twin Hills Union Elementary $7,453
Fremont Unified $7,449
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) $17,451
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) $8,423
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) $7,791
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) $7,464
Millbrae Elementary (2,100.40) $7,447
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) $7,392
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) $7,088
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Lucas Union Elementary $19,045
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
San Benito High $8,656
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Soledad Unified $7,807
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,584
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701 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Banning Unified 701
Pleasant View Elementary 701
Salinas Union High 701
King City Union Elementary 701
Ready Springs Union Elementary 701
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
Mountain Empire Unified 700
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) 897
Millbrae Elementary (2,100.40) 880
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) 815
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) 786
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) 774
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) 701
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Jefferson Elementary 832
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
San Benito High 740
King City Union Elementary 701
Soledad Unified 696
Greenfield Union Elementary 654
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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