California school district spending and test scores

Ravenswood City 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 Ravenswood City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,987   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

688   Median: 783

$12,987 spent per student ($34.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Lewiston Elementary $13,147
Ravenswood City Elementary $12,987
Happy Camp Union Elementary $12,863
Newcastle Elementary $12,856
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ravenswood City Elementary (2,678.20) $12,987
Fallbrook Union High (2,694.00) $10,068
Mt. Pleasant Elementary (2,667.70) $8,278
Keppel Union Elementary (2,682.80) $8,183
Bear Valley Unified (2,687.80) $8,106
Mojave Unified (2,632.10) $7,643
Standard Elementary (2,668.80) $7,283
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Palo Alto Unified $13,376
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Ravenswood City Elementary $12,987
Menlo Park City Elementary $11,033
Mountain View-Whisman Elementary $8,818
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Fremont Unified $7,449

688 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lynwood Unified 689
King City Joint Union High 689
Hope Elementary 689
Ravenswood City Elementary 688
Mineral Elementary 687
Lucerne Valley Unified 687
Burrel Union Elementary 687
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Bear Valley Unified (2,687.80) 791
Mt. Pleasant Elementary (2,667.70) 756
Fallbrook Union High (2,694.00) 747
Standard Elementary (2,668.80) 745
Keppel Union Elementary (2,682.80) 717
Ravenswood City Elementary (2,678.20) 688
Mojave Unified (2,632.10) 670
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Menlo Park City Elementary 933
Palo Alto Unified 925
Fremont Unified 868
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
Mountain View-Whisman Elementary 826
Redwood City Elementary 763
Ravenswood City Elementary 688
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