California school district spending and test scores

Jefferson Union High 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 Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,550   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

750   Median: 783

$8,550 spent per student ($40.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Black Oak Mine Unified $8,572
Kings Canyon Joint Unified $8,569
Porterville Unified $8,564
Jefferson Union High $8,550
Redding Elementary $8,548
Valley Home Joint Elementary $8,540
Vista Unified $8,522
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Beverly Hills Unified (4,782.70) $11,122
Jefferson Union High (4,716.90) $8,550
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) $8,475
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) $8,045
Little Lake City Elementary (4,723.20) $7,793
Benicia Unified (4,791.00) $7,111
Central Elementary (4,681.10) $6,388
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Mateo Union High $11,703
Oakland Unified $10,958
San Francisco Unified $9,715
Alameda City Unified $8,630
Jefferson Union High $8,550
Cabrillo Unified $8,512
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
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750 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Manteca Unified 750
Del Norte County Unified 750
Fairfield-Suisun Unified 750
Jefferson Union High 750
Silver Valley Unified 749
Caruthers Unified 749
Paradise Unified 749
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Beverly Hills Unified (4,782.70) 872
Benicia Unified (4,791.00) 843
Central Elementary (4,681.10) 821
Little Lake City Elementary (4,723.20) 807
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) 786
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) 782
Jefferson Union High (4,716.90) 750
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Millbrae Elementary 880
Alameda City Unified 833
South San Francisco Unified 808
San Mateo Union High 795
San Francisco Unified 791
Cabrillo Unified 785
Jefferson Union High 750
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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