California school district spending and test scores

Templeton 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 Templeton Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,903   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

848   Median: 783

$6,903 spent per student ($15.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Washington Union Elementary $6,908
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Templeton Unified $6,903
Lincoln Unified $6,895
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884
Scotts Valley Unified $6,880
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saratoga Union Elementary (2,196.50) $10,547
Carpinteria Unified (2,222.40) $9,787
Riverbank Unified (2,347.20) $9,521
Linden Unified (2,321.20) $7,530
Fowler Unified (2,203.60) $7,355
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) $6,903
Wiseburn Elementary (2,322.20) $6,884
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Coast Unified $13,775
Cayucos Elementary $10,493
Paso Robles Joint Unified $7,843
Atascadero Unified $7,135
Templeton Unified $6,903

848 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Knightsen Elementary 848
Chula Vista Elementary 848
Freshwater Elementary 848
Templeton Unified 848
Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified 847
Pioneer Union Elementary 847
Ackerman Elementary 846
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Saratoga Union Elementary (2,196.50) 965
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) 848
Wiseburn Elementary (2,322.20) 843
Carpinteria Unified (2,222.40) 781
Linden Unified (2,321.20) 774
Fowler Unified (2,203.60) 740
Riverbank Unified (2,347.20) 715
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Cayucos Elementary 896
Templeton Unified 848
Atascadero Unified 804
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
Coast Unified 785
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