California school district spending and test scores

North County Joint 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 North County Joint Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,711   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

830   Median: 783

$6,711 spent per student ($4.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Val Verde Unified $6,740
Victor Elementary $6,739
Columbine Elementary $6,712
North County Joint Union Elementary $6,711
Orcutt Union Elementary $6,702
Roseville City Elementary $6,697
Loomis Union Elementary $6,691
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) $16,981
Coast Unified (717.00) $13,775
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) $10,750
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) $9,631
Sonora Elementary (704.90) $7,184
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) $6,749
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) $6,711
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hollister Elementary $8,089
Aromas/San Juan Unified $8,033
Gilroy Unified $7,869
Los Banos Unified $7,360
Tres Pinos Union Elementary $7,199
North County Joint Union Elementary $6,711

830 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Nuestro Elementary 830
San Gabriel Unified 830
Centralia Elementary 830
North County Joint Union Elementary 830
San Luis Coastal Unified 830
Summerville Elementary 829
Clear Creek Elementary 829
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) 949
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) 931
Sonora Elementary (704.90) 834
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) 830
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) 794
Coast Unified (717.00) 785
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) 769
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
North County Joint Union Elementary 830
Gilroy Unified 777
Tres Pinos Union Elementary 769
Hollister Elementary 760
Los Banos Unified 741
Aromas/San Juan Unified 717
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