California school district spending and test scores

Elk Grove 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 Elk Grove Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,057   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

791   Median: 783

$8,057 spent per student ($472.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Heber Elementary $8,059
Oxnard Elementary $8,058
Lemoore Union High $8,057
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
Riverside Unified $8,055
Exeter Union High $8,054
Morongo Unified $8,047
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Diego Unified (110,420.40) $9,855
Fresno Unified (67,444.60) $9,199
Long Beach Unified (81,638.70) $8,719
Santa Ana Unified (51,936.20) $8,396
Elk Grove Unified (58,583.70) $8,057
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) $7,303
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) $7,246
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
New Hope Elementary $8,449
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
Arcohe Union Elementary $7,963
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791 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
Middletown Unified 791
Bear Valley Unified 791
Elk Grove Unified 791
San Francisco Unified 791
Lincoln Elementary 791
Camptonville Elementary 790
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) 862
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) 801
Elk Grove Unified (58,583.70) 791
San Diego Unified (110,420.40) 785
Long Beach Unified (81,638.70) 759
Santa Ana Unified (51,936.20) 723
Fresno Unified (67,444.60) 711
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Latrobe Elementary 918
El Dorado Union High 829
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
Galt Joint Union Elementary 811
Elk Grove Unified 791
Amador County Unified 787
Sacramento City Unified 753
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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