California school district spending and test scores

Grass Valley 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 Grass Valley Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,136   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

780   Median: 783

$8,136 spent per student ($10.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oak Park Unified $8,148
San Rafael City Elementary $8,139
Merced Union High $8,137
Grass Valley Elementary $8,136
Cambrian Elementary $8,132
Reef-Sunset Unified $8,129
National Elementary $8,128
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) $9,363
Cloverdale Unified (1,431.60) $8,785
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) $8,489
Cascade Union Elementary (1,336.90) $8,299
Grass Valley Elementary (1,319.30) $8,136
Wright Elementary (1,418.30) $8,040
Colusa Unified (1,289.30) $7,985
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Twin Ridges Elementary $18,518
Ready Springs Union Elementary $10,278
Nevada City Elementary $8,376
Grass Valley Elementary $8,136
Pleasant Valley Elementary $8,107
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary $7,626
Chicago Park Elementary $7,328
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780 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fall River Joint Unified 780
Sequoia Union High 780
Val Verde Unified 780
Grass Valley Elementary 780
West Sonoma County Union High 779
Lakeport Unified 779
Oakley Union Elementary 779
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Wright Elementary (1,418.30) 838
Grass Valley Elementary (1,319.30) 780
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) 749
Cascade Union Elementary (1,336.90) 748
Cloverdale Unified (1,431.60) 739
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) 733
Colusa Unified (1,289.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Nevada City Elementary 858
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
Union Hill Elementary 840
Clear Creek Elementary 829
Chicago Park Elementary 829
Pleasant Valley Elementary 819
Grass Valley Elementary 780
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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