California school district spending and test scores

Willow Grove 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 Willow Grove Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,307   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

619   Median: 783

$17,307 spent per student ($330,394 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Carmel Unified $17,451
College Elementary $17,382
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High $17,127
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oak Run Elementary (20.90) $24,559
Hot Springs Elementary (19.00) $24,183
Orick Elementary (19.00) $20,955
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union (18.90) $18,836
Willow Grove Union Elementary (19.10) $17,307
Indian Diggings Elementary (22.10) $14,913
Jefferson Elementary (19.30) $10,916
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Tres Pinos Union Elementary $7,199
Southside Elementary $6,409

619 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Happy Camp Union Elementary 625
Lakeside Union Elementary 621
Alta Vista Elementary 621
Willow Grove Union Elementary 619
Vineland Elementary 617
Reef-Sunset Unified 614
Pioneer Union Elementary 613
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Jefferson Elementary (19.30) 832
Indian Diggings Elementary (22.10) 777
Hot Springs Elementary (19.00) 692
Orick Elementary (19.00) 691
Oak Run Elementary (20.90) 683
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union (18.90) 645
Willow Grove Union Elementary (19.10) 619
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Panoche Elementary N/A
Southside Elementary 894
Cienega Union Elementary 859
Jefferson Elementary 832
Tres Pinos Union Elementary 769
Gonzales Unified 682
Willow Grove Union Elementary 619
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