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

$7,273   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

779   Median: 783

$7,273 spent per student ($41.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Williams Unified $7,283
Santee Elementary $7,281
Bonita Unified $7,274
Jefferson Elementary $7,273
Hamilton Unified $7,272
Union Elementary $7,271
Brea-Olinda Unified $7,271
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified (5,842.40) $8,410
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) $8,390
Monrovia Unified (5,700.70) $8,306
Barstow Unified (5,849.20) $8,096
Dublin Unified (5,799.40) $7,945
Jefferson Elementary (5,737.90) $7,273
Brea-Olinda Unified (5,723.70) $7,271
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
San Francisco Unified $9,715
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
Pacifica School District $7,319
Jefferson Elementary $7,273

779 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Curtis Creek Elementary 779
Lakeport Unified 779
Oakley Union Elementary 779
Jefferson Elementary 779
Roseland Elementary 779
West Sonoma County Union High 779
Tehachapi Unified 778
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Dublin Unified (5,799.40) 878
Brea-Olinda Unified (5,723.70) 864
Monrovia Unified (5,700.70) 797
Lawndale Elementary (5,616.80) 794
Jefferson Elementary (5,737.90) 779
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified (5,842.40) 761
Barstow Unified (5,849.20) 734
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacifica School District 842
South San Francisco Unified 808
Brisbane Elementary 801
San Francisco Unified 791
Jefferson Elementary 779
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