California school district spending and test scores

Jefferson 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 Jefferson Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,478   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

837   Median: 783

$6,478 spent per student ($15.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Plaza Elementary $6,515
Dry Creek Joint Elementary $6,506
Gravenstein Union Elementary $6,479
Jefferson Elementary $6,478
Ackerman Elementary $6,474
Westside Union Elementary $6,464
Oak View Union Elementary $6,454
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Menlo Park City Elementary (2,436.20) $11,033
Silver Valley Unified (2,412.50) $10,360
Farmersville Unified (2,444.00) $9,223
Livingston Union Elementary (2,400.60) $9,104
Reef-Sunset Unified (2,387.60) $8,129
Ocean View Elementary (2,436.50) $7,766
Jefferson Elementary (2,428.80) $6,478
Spending per student in adjacent districts
New Jerusalem Elementary $55,500
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Livermore Valley Joint Unified $7,993
Banta Elementary $7,973
Patterson Joint Unified $7,447
Tracy Joint Unified $7,129
Jefferson Elementary $6,478
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837 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Wright Elementary 838
Gold Oak Union Elementary 837
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Jefferson Elementary 837
Moorpark Unified 836
Santa Ynez Valley Union High 836
Sonora Elementary 834
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Menlo Park City Elementary (2,436.20) 933
Jefferson Elementary (2,428.80) 837
Livingston Union Elementary (2,400.60) 756
Silver Valley Unified (2,412.50) 749
Ocean View Elementary (2,436.50) 725
Farmersville Unified (2,444.00) 698
Reef-Sunset Unified (2,387.60) 614
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
New Jerusalem Elementary N/A
Lammersville Elementary 862
Jefferson Elementary 837
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Banta Elementary 776
Tracy Joint Unified 756
Mountain House Elementary 743
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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