California school district spending and test scores

Natomas 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 Natomas Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,302   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

751   Median: 783

$7,302 spent per student ($70.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Central Unified $7,312
Milpitas Unified $7,310
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Natomas Unified $7,302
Simi Valley Unified $7,300
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Fremont Union High (9,860.50) $9,172
Victor Valley Union High (9,831.30) $8,801
El Monte Union High (9,640.30) $8,633
Franklin-McKinley Elementary (9,617.90) $8,462
Merced City Elementary (9,856.40) $7,533
Natomas Unified (9,677.10) $7,302
Bonita Unified (9,593.10) $7,274
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
East Nicolaus Joint Union High $9,397
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Robla Elementary $8,163
Washington Unified $7,975
Elverta Joint Elementary $7,652
Woodland Joint Unified $7,646
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751 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Robla Elementary 751
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Dixon Unified 751
Natomas Unified 751
Brawley Elementary 751
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Fremont Union High (9,860.50) 875
Bonita Unified (9,593.10) 840
Franklin-McKinley Elementary (9,617.90) 772
Merced City Elementary (9,856.40) 758
Natomas Unified (9,677.10) 751
El Monte Union High (9,640.30) 716
Victor Valley Union High (9,831.30) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Elverta Joint Elementary 825
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
East Nicolaus Joint Union High 790
Robla Elementary 751
Natomas Unified 751
Washington Unified 741
Woodland Joint Unified 733
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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