California school district spending and test scores

Napa Valley 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 Napa Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,076   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

776   Median: 783

$8,076 spent per student ($119.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fallbrook Union Elementary $8,084
Ojai Unified $8,082
Esparto Unified $8,082
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Nuestro Elementary $8,063
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of (14,689.70) $8,919
Paramount Unified (15,002.20) $8,321
Oxnard Union High (14,865.30) $8,084
Napa Valley Unified (14,732.90) $8,076
Burbank Unified (14,760.80) $7,659
Pleasanton Unified (14,395.40) $7,599
Walnut Valley Unified (14,467.90) $7,197
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Vallejo City Unified $8,779
Winters Joint Unified $8,198
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
Fairfield-Suisun Unified $7,496
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776 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hilmar Unified 776
Banta Elementary 776
Salida Union Elementary 776
Napa Valley Unified 776
Yosemite Unified 776
Anderson Valley Unified 776
Geyserville Unified 776
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pleasanton Unified (14,395.40) 906
Walnut Valley Unified (14,467.90) 898
Burbank Unified (14,760.80) 832
Napa Valley Unified (14,732.90) 776
Paramount Unified (15,002.20) 733
Oxnard Union High (14,865.30) 720
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of (14,689.70) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Old Adobe Union Elementary 818
Saint Helena Unified 793
Napa Valley Unified 776
Vacaville Unified 769
Winters Joint Unified 759
Fairfield-Suisun Unified 750
Sonoma Valley Unified 733
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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