California school district spending and test scores

Julian 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 Julian Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$15,219   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

825   Median: 783

$15,219 spent per student ($5.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Manchester Union Elementary $15,470
Warner Unified $15,338
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Surprise Valley Joint Unified $15,207
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High (362.88) $17,127
Julian Union Elementary (352.60) $15,219
Laytonville Unified (365.70) $11,098
Upper Lake Union High (348.00) $10,785
Pacific Union Elementary (345.60) $8,430
Summerville Elementary (358.90) $8,180
Sequoia Union Elementary (346.80) $6,324
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Spencer Valley Elementary $16,455
Warner Unified $15,338
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Borrego Springs Unified $13,196
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Grossmont Union High $9,325
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
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825 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Elverta Joint Elementary 825
San Lorenzo Valley Unified 825
Central Union Elementary 825
Julian Union Elementary 825
Mendocino Unified 825
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Summerville Elementary (358.90) 829
Julian Union Elementary (352.60) 825
Pacific Union Elementary (345.60) 800
Sequoia Union Elementary (346.80) 799
Laytonville Unified (365.70) 752
Upper Lake Union High (348.00) 685
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High (362.88) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Spencer Valley Elementary 934
Alpine Union Elementary 858
Julian Union Elementary 825
Imperial Unified 815
Ramona City Unified 809
Valley Center-Pauma Unified 800
Grossmont Union High 736
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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