California school district spending and test scores

Auburn Union 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 Auburn Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,392   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

815   Median: 783

$7,392 spent per student ($15.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cypress Elementary $7,395
Winton Elementary $7,395
Hydesville Elementary $7,393
Auburn Union Elementary $7,392
Temecula Valley Unified $7,388
Moorpark Unified $7,380
Mother Lode Union Elementary $7,379
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) $17,451
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) $11,572
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) $8,423
Taft City Elementary (1,986.90) $8,047
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) $7,791
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) $7,464
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) $7,392
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Newcastle Elementary $12,856
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
Western Placer Unified $7,914
Foresthill Union Elementary $7,670
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary $7,626
Auburn Union Elementary $7,392
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815 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Rosedale Union Elementary 815
Imperial Unified 815
Auburn Union Elementary 815
Enterprise Elementary 815
Mckinleyville Union Elementary 815
Belridge Elementary 815
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) 897
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) 815
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) 811
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) 786
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) 774
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) 701
Taft City Elementary (1,986.90) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Loomis Union Elementary 895
Placer Hills Union Elementary 881
Newcastle Elementary 878
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
Ackerman Elementary 846
Western Placer Unified 816
Foresthill Union Elementary 816
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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