California school district spending and test scores

Colfax 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 Colfax Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,723   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

802   Median: 783

$8,723 spent per student ($3.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Alum Rock Union Elementary $8,735
Moraga Elementary $8,734
Graves Elementary $8,723
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High (362.88) $17,127
Laytonville Unified (365.70) $11,098
Colfax Elementary (365.90) $8,723
Westmorland Union Elementary (371.20) $8,704
Summerville Elementary (358.90) $8,180
Buttonwillow Union Elementary (372.30) $8,176
Pioneer Union Elementary (379.50) $8,127
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary $8,796
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Nevada City Elementary $8,376
Foresthill Union Elementary $7,670
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary $7,626
Chicago Park Elementary $7,328
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802 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Los Molinos Unified 803
Garden Grove Unified 802
Oak Valley Union Elementary 802
Colfax Elementary 802
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Mupu Elementary 801
Nevada Joint Union High 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pioneer Union Elementary (379.50) 839
Summerville Elementary (358.90) 829
Colfax Elementary (365.90) 802
Laytonville Unified (365.70) 752
Westmorland Union Elementary (371.20) 695
Buttonwillow Union Elementary (372.30) 670
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High (362.88) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Placer Hills Union Elementary 881
Nevada City Elementary 858
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
Chicago Park Elementary 829
Foresthill Union Elementary 816
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