California school district spending and test scores

River Delta 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 River Delta Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,240   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

728   Median: 783

$9,240 spent per student ($17.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Orange Center Elementary $9,264
Anderson Union High $9,261
Stockton Unified $9,240
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary $9,235
Mountain View Elementary $9,232
Montague Elementary $9,229
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
River Delta Joint Unified (1,923.10) $9,240
Mariposa County Unified (1,929.00) $9,101
Earlimart Elementary (1,919.60) $9,099
Ross Valley Elementary (1,911.30) $8,947
Muroc Joint Unified (1,941.20) $8,860
Chowchilla Elementary (1,927.50) $7,074
Exeter Union Elementary (1,913.40) $7,005
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
Davis Joint Unified $8,487
New Hope Elementary $8,449
Lodi Unified $8,163
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
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728 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Junction City Elementary 728
Mattole Unified 728
Keyes Union Elementary 728
River Delta Joint Unified 728
Potter Valley Community Unified 728
Sutter Union High 727
Perris Union High 727
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Valley Elementary (1,911.30) 920
Mariposa County Unified (1,929.00) 797
Muroc Joint Unified (1,941.20) 796
Exeter Union Elementary (1,913.40) 763
Chowchilla Elementary (1,927.50) 753
River Delta Joint Unified (1,923.10) 728
Earlimart Elementary (1,919.60) 675
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Davis Joint Unified 877
Travis Unified 816
Elk Grove Unified 791
Oakley Union Elementary 779
Sacramento City Unified 753
Dixon Unified 751
Fairfield-Suisun Unified 750
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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