California school district spending and test scores

Central 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 Central Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,388   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

821   Median: 783

$6,388 spent per student ($29.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oak View Union Elementary $6,454
Southside Elementary $6,409
Ripon Unified $6,394
Central Elementary $6,388
Clay Joint Elementary $6,367
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) $9,473
Jefferson Union High (4,716.90) $8,550
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) $8,475
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) $8,045
Union Elementary (4,583.80) $7,271
Atascadero Unified (4,596.50) $7,135
Central Elementary (4,681.10) $6,388
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Upland Unified $7,224
Alta Loma Elementary $7,012
Etiwanda Elementary $6,560
Central Elementary $6,388

821 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Meridian Elementary 821
West Side Union Elementary 821
Westminster Elementary 821
Central Elementary 821
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Union Elementary (4,583.80) 905
Central Elementary (4,681.10) 821
Atascadero Unified (4,596.50) 804
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) 786
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) 782
Jefferson Union High (4,716.90) 750
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) 718
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Etiwanda Elementary 872
Alta Loma Elementary 858
Central Elementary 821
Upland Unified 807
Cucamonga Elementary 774
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