California school district spending and test scores

Robla 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 Robla Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,163   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

751   Median: 783

$8,163 spent per student ($15.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Brawley Union High $8,168
Palm Springs Unified $8,164
Lodi Unified $8,163
Robla Elementary $8,163
Baldwin Park Unified $8,155
Orland Joint Unified $8,151
Oak Park Unified $8,148
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) $10,172
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) $9,893
Ross Valley Elementary (1,911.30) $8,947
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) $8,210
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) $8,163
Lemoore Union High (1,908.10) $8,057
Exeter Union Elementary (1,913.40) $7,005
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
San Juan Unified $8,638
Robla Elementary $8,163
Natomas Unified $7,302

751 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Natomas Unified 751
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Dixon Unified 751
Robla Elementary 751
Brawley Elementary 751
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Valley Elementary (1,911.30) 920
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) 825
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) 822
Exeter Union Elementary (1,913.40) 763
Robla Elementary (1,893.70) 751
Lemoore Union High (1,908.10) 736
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
San Juan Unified 788
Natomas Unified 751
Robla Elementary 751
Twin Rivers Unified 725
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