California school district spending and test scores

Dry Creek Joint 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 Dry Creek Joint Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,506   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

861   Median: 783

$6,506 spent per student ($45.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Etiwanda Elementary $6,560
Buckeye Union Elementary $6,550
Plaza Elementary $6,515
Dry Creek Joint Elementary $6,506
Gravenstein Union Elementary $6,479
Jefferson Elementary $6,478
Ackerman Elementary $6,474
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Campbell Union High (7,191.20) $8,825
Santa Maria Joint Union High (7,056.30) $8,229
Campbell Union Elementary (7,128.60) $8,005
Claremont Unified (6,895.20) $7,581
Moorpark Unified (6,970.00) $7,380
Newhall Elementary (6,850.10) $7,056
Dry Creek Joint Elementary (7,010.30) $6,506
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
San Juan Unified $8,638
Center Joint Unified $8,045
Roseville City Elementary $6,697
Dry Creek Joint Elementary $6,506

861 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Capistrano Unified 862
Gold Trail Union Elementary 861
Dry Creek Joint Elementary 861
Santee Elementary 860
Carlsbad Unified 859
Saddleback Valley Unified 859
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Newhall Elementary (6,850.10) 896
Dry Creek Joint Elementary (7,010.30) 861
Moorpark Unified (6,970.00) 836
Campbell Union Elementary (7,128.60) 831
Claremont Unified (6,895.20) 819
Campbell Union High (7,191.20) 761
Santa Maria Joint Union High (7,056.30) 703
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Roseville City Elementary 866
Dry Creek Joint Elementary 861
San Juan Unified 788
Center Joint Unified 786
Twin Rivers Unified 725
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