California school district spending and test scores

Tracy Joint 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 Tracy Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,129   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

756   Median: 783

$7,129 spent per student ($110.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pacific Union Elementary $7,136
Atascadero Unified $7,135
Glendora Unified $7,130
Tracy Joint Unified $7,129
Placer Hills Union Elementary $7,121
Richfield Elementary $7,112
Benicia Unified $7,111
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) $8,284
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) $8,155
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) $8,088
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) $8,061
Ventura Unified (16,690.20) $7,855
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) $7,136
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) $7,129
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Stockton Unified $9,240
Lodi Unified $8,163
Banta Elementary $7,973
Knightsen Elementary $7,824
Byron Union Elementary $7,609
Liberty Union High $7,519
Tracy Joint Unified $7,129
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756 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Livingston Union Elementary 756
Bridgeville Elementary 756
Corning Union Elementary 756
Tracy Joint Unified 756
South Bay Union Elementary 756
Mt. Pleasant Elementary 756
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified 755
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Huntington Beach Union High (15,399.80) 827
Ventura Unified (16,690.20) 800
Rowland Unified (15,389.50) 792
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) 790
Tracy Joint Unified (15,474.10) 756
Baldwin Park Unified (15,254.10) 735
Lynwood Unified (15,549.10) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lammersville Elementary 862
Knightsen Elementary 848
Jefferson Elementary 837
Byron Union Elementary 797
Lincoln Unified 788
Oakley Union Elementary 779
Banta Elementary 776
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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