California school district spending and test scores

Baker Valley 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 Baker Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,533   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

653   Median: 783

$12,533 spent per student ($2.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mountain Valley Unified $12,630
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Big Springs Union Elementary $12,569
Baker Valley Unified $12,533
Geyserville Unified $12,459
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified $12,450
Calistoga Joint Unified $12,431
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Baker Valley Unified (204.80) $12,533
Cayucos Elementary (207.10) $10,493
Vallecitos Elementary (205.70) $8,744
New Hope Elementary (203.30) $8,449
Wilmar Union Elementary (197.80) $8,293
Di Giorgio Elementary (206.90) $7,408
Richmond Elementary (203.20) $6,092
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Death Valley Unified $27,770
Baker Valley Unified $12,533
Silver Valley Unified $10,360

653 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Washington Union High 657
Fairfax Elementary 657
Greenfield Union Elementary 654
Baker Valley Unified 653
Maricopa Unified 649
Linns Valley-Poso Flat Union 645
Centinela Valley Union High 644
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cayucos Elementary (207.10) 896
Wilmar Union Elementary (197.80) 876
Richmond Elementary (203.20) 870
Vallecitos Elementary (205.70) 795
New Hope Elementary (203.30) 733
Di Giorgio Elementary (206.90) 716
Baker Valley Unified (204.80) 653
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Silver Valley Unified 749
Death Valley Unified 737
Baker Valley Unified 653
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