California school district spending and test scores

National 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 National Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,128   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

789   Median: 783

$8,128 spent per student ($45.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Grass Valley Elementary $8,136
Cambrian Elementary $8,132
Reef-Sunset Unified $8,129
National Elementary $8,128
Pioneer Union Elementary $8,127
Mendota Unified $8,125
Ducor Union Elementary $8,123
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Garvey Elementary (5,560.40) $8,828
Dinuba Unified (5,599.90) $8,418
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) $8,390
National Elementary (5,566.00) $8,128
Fallbrook Union Elementary (5,445.60) $8,084
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary (5,575.50) $8,037
Perris Elementary (5,439.80) $7,653
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Diego Unified $9,855
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
National Elementary $8,128

789 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Kerman Unified 789
Gridley Unified 789
Morgan Hill Unified 789
National Elementary 789
Chico Unified 789
San Juan Unified 788
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary (5,575.50) 828
Garvey Elementary (5,560.40) 804
Fallbrook Union Elementary (5,445.60) 799
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) 794
National Elementary (5,566.00) 789
Perris Elementary (5,439.80) 757
Dinuba Unified (5,599.90) 733
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Chula Vista Elementary 848
National Elementary 789
San Diego Unified 785
South Bay Union Elementary 781
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