California school district spending and test scores

Buena 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 Buena Park Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,034   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

811   Median: 783

$8,034 spent per student ($41.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Wright Elementary $8,040
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary $8,040
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary $8,037
Buena Park Elementary $8,034
Aromas/San Juan Unified $8,033
Laton Joint Unified $8,032
Lost Hills Union Elementary $8,029
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ukiah Unified (5,282.50) $9,493
Encinitas Union Elementary (5,274.70) $8,979
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) $8,283
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) $8,034
Hanford Elementary (5,283.70) $7,829
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) $7,447
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) $6,176
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Anaheim City Elementary $8,399
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified $8,301
Anaheim Union High $8,168
Buena Park Elementary $8,034
ABC Unified $7,815
Centralia Elementary $7,578
Fullerton Elementary $7,290

811 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lakeside Union Elementary 811
Galt Joint Union Elementary 811
Fullerton Joint Union High 811
Buena Park Elementary 811
Shiloh Elementary 811
Roseville Joint Union High 811
Plumas Unified 811
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Encinitas Union Elementary (5,274.70) 905
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) 815
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) 811
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) 788
Hanford Elementary (5,283.70) 770
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) 730
Ukiah Unified (5,282.50) 714
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Fullerton Elementary 855
Centralia Elementary 830
ABC Unified 822
Buena Park Elementary 811
Anaheim City Elementary 755
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified 754
Anaheim Union High 748
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