California school district spending and test scores

Folsom-Cordova 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 Folsom-Cordova Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,515   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

818   Median: 783

$7,515 spent per student ($136.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Hermosa Beach City Elementary $7,527
Liberty Union High $7,519
Gold Trail Union Elementary $7,515
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515
Yreka Union Elementary $7,507
William S. Hart Union High $7,507
Torrance Unified $7,505
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pasadena Unified (18,130.90) $10,104
Grossmont Union High (18,708.50) $9,325
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) $8,399
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) $8,047
Antioch Unified (17,812.30) $7,578
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) $7,515
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) $6,740
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
San Juan Unified $8,638
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
El Dorado Union High $7,846
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818 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Pleasant Valley Elementary 819
Claremont Unified 819
Old Adobe Union Elementary 818
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
Black Butte Union Elementary 816
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary 816
Foresthill Union Elementary 816
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Folsom-Cordova Unified (18,199.20) 818
Alhambra Unified (17,940.50) 814
Val Verde Unified (18,537.30) 780
Pasadena Unified (18,130.90) 758
Anaheim City Elementary (18,616.90) 755
Grossmont Union High (18,708.50) 736
Antioch Unified (17,812.30) 732
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Latrobe Elementary 918
Eureka Union Elementary 897
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
El Dorado Union High 829
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
Roseville Joint Union High 811
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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