California school district spending and test scores

Calistoga Joint Unified 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 Calistoga Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,431   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

758   Median: 783

$12,431 spent per student ($10.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Baker Valley Unified $12,533
Geyserville Unified $12,459
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified $12,450
Calistoga Joint Unified $12,431
Golden Feather Union Elementary $12,406
Citrus South Tule Elementary $12,381
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified $12,333
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Calistoga Joint Unified (809.50) $12,431
Modoc Joint Unified (831.20) $9,514
Kernville Union Elementary (791.40) $8,849
Orchard Elementary (828.60) $7,747
Vineland Elementary (852.20) $7,745
Hamilton Unified (800.50) $7,272
McSwain Union Elementary (802.80) $6,667
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pope Valley Union Elementary $18,908
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Calistoga Joint Unified $12,431
Alexander Valley Union Elementary $11,640
Middletown Unified $8,043
Rincon Valley Union Elementary $7,913
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758 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Merced City Elementary 758
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
Gerber Union Elementary 758
Winton Elementary 758
Sweetwater Union High 758
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
McSwain Union Elementary (802.80) 869
Orchard Elementary (828.60) 777
Modoc Joint Unified (831.20) 762
Calistoga Joint Unified (809.50) 758
Kernville Union Elementary (791.40) 753
Hamilton Unified (800.50) 702
Vineland Elementary (852.20) 617
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Alexander Valley Union Elementary 894
Rincon Valley Union Elementary 873
Mark West Union Elementary 854
Saint Helena Unified 793
Middletown Unified 791
Howell Mountain Elementary 783
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
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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