California school district spending and test scores

Chicago Park 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 Chicago Park Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,328   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

829   Median: 783

$7,328 spent per student ($1.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mckinleyville Union Elementary $7,336
Roseville Joint Union High $7,330
Kerman Unified $7,329
Chicago Park Elementary $7,328
Palo Verde Union Elementary $7,321
Pacifica School District $7,319
Bonsall Union Elementary $7,317
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Surprise Valley Joint Unified (131.60) $15,207
Montague Elementary (140.90) $9,229
Reeds Creek Elementary (140.90) $7,728
Chicago Park Elementary (138.30) $7,328
Tres Pinos Union Elementary (138.30) $7,199
Stone Corral Elementary (130.80) $7,092
Plaza Elementary (136.70) $6,515
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Nevada City Elementary $8,376
Grass Valley Elementary $8,136
Placer Union High $7,903
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary $7,626
Chicago Park Elementary $7,328

829 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Trinidad Union Elementary 829
Westside Union Elementary 829
Clear Creek Elementary 829
Chicago Park Elementary 829
Summerville Elementary 829
Oro Grande Elementary 829
College Elementary 829
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Plaza Elementary (136.70) 875
Chicago Park Elementary (138.30) 829
Surprise Valley Joint Unified (131.60) 788
Reeds Creek Elementary (140.90) 777
Tres Pinos Union Elementary (138.30) 769
Montague Elementary (140.90) 759
Stone Corral Elementary (130.80) 562
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Nevada City Elementary 858
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
Chicago Park Elementary 829
Colfax Elementary 802
Placer Union High 797
Grass Valley Elementary 780
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