California school district spending and test scores

Bitterwater-Tully Union 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 Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,453   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

855   Median: 783

$14,453 spent per student ($414,666 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Trona Joint Unified $14,915
Indian Diggings Elementary $14,913
Manton Joint Union Elementary $14,857
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) $16,455
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) $14,857
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary (28.70) $14,453
Seiad Elementary (28.10) $12,131
Peninsula Union Elementary (33.50) $11,937
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) $11,120
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) $9,951
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Lucas Union Elementary $19,045
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
San Benito High $8,656
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
King City Union Elementary $7,464

855 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Fullerton Elementary 855
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Seiad Elementary 854
Mark West Union Elementary 854
Castro Valley Unified 854
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) 934
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) 929
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary (28.70) 855
Seiad Elementary (28.10) 854
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) 782
Peninsula Union Elementary (33.50) 752
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) 730
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Panoche Elementary N/A
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Jefferson Elementary 832
San Benito High 740
King City Union Elementary 701
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified 697
San Lucas Union Elementary 644
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