California school district spending and test scores

Escalon 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 Escalon Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,779   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

767   Median: 783

$7,779 spent per student ($21.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Hughson Unified $7,791
Gridley Unified $7,782
Fontana Unified $7,781
Escalon Unified $7,779
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary $7,778
Alvord Unified $7,775
South Whittier Elementary $7,768
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos Union Elementary (2,835.30) $9,311
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary (2,868.40) $9,056
Konocti Unified (2,805.40) $9,053
San Benito High (2,865.40) $8,656
Ojai Unified (2,815.30) $8,082
Escalon Unified (2,817.70) $7,779
Romoland Elementary (2,812.30) $6,820
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Riverbank Unified $9,521
Stockton Unified $9,240
Valley Home Joint Elementary $8,540
Escalon Unified $7,779
Linden Unified $7,530
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
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767 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Blue Lake Union Elementary 768
Fort Ross Elementary 767
Rim of The World Unified 767
Escalon Unified 767
Healdsburg Unified 766
Eureka City Unified 766
Whittier Union High 765
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos Union Elementary (2,835.30) 921
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary (2,868.40) 904
Ojai Unified (2,815.30) 815
Romoland Elementary (2,812.30) 775
Escalon Unified (2,817.70) 767
San Benito High (2,865.40) 740
Konocti Unified (2,805.40) 681
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Valley Home Joint Elementary 852
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Ripon Unified 823
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Linden Unified 774
Escalon Unified 767
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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