California school district spending and test scores

Nevada Joint Union High 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 Nevada Joint Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,707   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

801   Median: 783

$8,707 spent per student ($30.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Wasco Union High $8,704
Westmorland Union Elementary $8,704
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) $13,157
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) $10,310
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) $8,867
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) $8,707
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) $7,882
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) $7,109
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) $6,112
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Camptonville Elementary $16,957
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified $13,365
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified $11,323
Wheatland Elementary $10,461
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary $8,796
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
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801 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Nevada Joint Union High 801
Brisbane Elementary 801
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Mupu Elementary 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) 897
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) 865
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High (3,510.70) 852
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) 841
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) 815
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) 801
Santa Paula Elementary (3,516.10) 777
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Placer Hills Union Elementary 881
Wheatland Elementary 823
Western Placer Unified 816
Auburn Union Elementary 815
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 806
Colfax Elementary 802
Nevada Joint Union High 801
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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