California school district spending and test scores

Ripon 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 Ripon Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,394   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

823   Median: 783

$6,394 spent per student ($18.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Westside Union Elementary $6,464
Oak View Union Elementary $6,454
Southside Elementary $6,409
Ripon Unified $6,394
Central Elementary $6,388
Clay Joint Elementary $6,367
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) $8,497
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) $8,183
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) $7,901
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) $7,143
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) $6,993
Santa Rita Union Elementary (2,870.20) $6,870
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) $6,394
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Salida Union Elementary $7,804
Escalon Unified $7,779
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
Manteca Unified $6,622
Ripon Unified $6,394

823 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
Wheatland Elementary 823
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary 823
Ripon Unified 823
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Golden Valley Unified 822
ABC Unified 822
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) 888
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) 862
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) 840
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) 823
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) 778
Santa Rita Union Elementary (2,870.20) 778
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) 743
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ripon Unified 823
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Salida Union Elementary 776
Escalon Unified 767
Manteca Unified 750
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