California school district spending and test scores

Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 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 Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$11,323   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

806   Median: 783

$11,323 spent per student ($41.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
Castle Rock Union Elementary $11,493
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified $11,323
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Summerville Union High $11,266
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary $11,201
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) $15,100
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) $11,323
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) $8,800
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) $8,591
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) $8,469
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) $8,356
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) $7,907
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Twin Ridges Elementary $18,518
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified $13,365
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified $11,323
Lake Tahoe Unified $8,800
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary $8,796
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
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806 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Orange Unified 806
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Oak Grove Elementary 806
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 806
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary 806
Scott Valley Unified 806
Sanger Unified 805
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) 878
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) 862
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) 806
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) 781
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) 766
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) 749
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) 720
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Nevada City Elementary 858
Foresthill Union Elementary 816
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 806
Nevada Joint Union High 801
Placer Union High 797
Black Oak Mine Unified 797
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified 794
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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