California school district spending and test scores

Jamul-Dulzura 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 Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,861   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

801   Median: 783

$7,861 spent per student ($6.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sunnyside Union Elementary $7,872
Gilroy Unified $7,869
Galt Joint Union Elementary $7,867
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary $7,861
Turlock Unified $7,860
Sutter Union High $7,856
Ventura Unified $7,855
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Modoc Joint Unified (831.20) $9,514
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) $8,624
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) $8,384
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary (861.90) $7,978
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary (852.30) $7,861
Orchard Elementary (828.60) $7,747
Vineland Elementary (852.20) $7,745
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Dehesa Elementary $13,394
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
Alpine Union Elementary $8,168
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary $7,861

801 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
Corona-Norco Unified 801
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Mupu Elementary 801
Brisbane Elementary 801
Nevada Joint Union High 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary (852.30) 801
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary (861.90) 794
Orchard Elementary (828.60) 777
Modoc Joint Unified (831.20) 762
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) 715
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) 711
Vineland Elementary (852.20) 617
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Alpine Union Elementary 858
Chula Vista Elementary 848
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
Dehesa Elementary 763
Sweetwater Union High 758
Mountain Empire Unified 700
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