California school district spending and test scores

Eureka 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 Eureka Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,882   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

897   Median: 783

$7,882 spent per student ($26.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Palo Verde Unified $7,896
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Hueneme Elementary $7,877
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) $8,707
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) $8,412
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) $7,896
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) $7,882
Calaveras Unified (3,226.30) $7,429
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) $7,109
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) $6,112
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Juan Unified $8,638
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
Placer Union High $7,903
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515
Roseville City Elementary $6,697
Loomis Union Elementary $6,691

897 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Walnut Valley Unified 898
Canyon Elementary 898
Carmel Unified 897
Eureka Union Elementary 897
Newhall Elementary 896
Cayucos Elementary 896
Dixie Elementary 896
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Eureka Union Elementary (3,387.30) 897
Norris Elementary (3,398.80) 841
Imperial Unified (3,447.50) 815
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) 815
Nevada Joint Union High (3,449.20) 801
Calaveras Unified (3,226.30) 782
Palo Verde Unified (3,316.60) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Eureka Union Elementary 897
Loomis Union Elementary 895
Roseville City Elementary 866
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
Black Oak Mine Unified 797
Placer Union High 797
San Juan Unified 788
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