California school district spending and test scores

Arcohe 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 Arcohe Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,963   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

751   Median: 783

$7,963 spent per student ($3.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Washington Unified $7,975
Novato Unified $7,974
Banta Elementary $7,973
Arcohe Union Elementary $7,963
Central Union High $7,955
Dublin Unified $7,945
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Woodside Elementary (422.60) $19,088
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified (424.00) $13,365
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified (411.40) $12,333
Forestville Union Elementary (411.40) $8,194
Washington Colony Elementary (423.30) $8,026
Arcohe Union Elementary (419.80) $7,963
Jacoby Creek Elementary (412.20) $6,803
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
Arcohe Union Elementary $7,963
Galt Joint Union Elementary $7,867
Amador County Unified $7,093
Oak View Union Elementary $6,454

751 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Natomas Unified 751
Robla Elementary 751
Dixon Unified 751
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Brawley Elementary 751
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Woodside Elementary (422.60) 937
Jacoby Creek Elementary (412.20) 909
Forestville Union Elementary (411.40) 814
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified (424.00) 794
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified (411.40) 762
Arcohe Union Elementary (419.80) 751
Washington Colony Elementary (423.30) 729
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Galt Joint Union Elementary 811
Elk Grove Unified 791
Amador County Unified 787
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
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