California school district spending and test scores

Washington 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 Washington Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,908   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

903   Median: 783

$6,908 spent per student ($6.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
General Shafter Elementary $6,912
Oakley Union Elementary $6,909
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908
Washington Union Elementary $6,908
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Templeton Unified $6,903
Lincoln Unified $6,895
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Taft Union High (969.80) $21,932
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) $8,892
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) $8,429
Columbia Elementary (945.20) $7,719
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) $7,367
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) $6,908
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) $6,322
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified $17,451
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008
Washington Union Elementary $6,908
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322

903 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary 904
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Waugh Elementary 903
Washington Union Elementary 903
San Carlos Elementary 899
Acalanes Union High 899
Canyon Elementary 898
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) 903
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) 855
Columbia Elementary (945.20) 841
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) 816
Taft Union High (969.80) 715
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) 687
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) 677
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Washington Union Elementary 903
Carmel Unified 897
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Monterey Peninsula Unified 739
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