California school district spending and test scores

Berryessa Union 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 Berryessa Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,264   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

824   Median: 783

$7,264 spent per student ($59.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Union Elementary $7,271
Brea-Olinda Unified $7,271
Hope Elementary $7,264
Berryessa Union Elementary $7,264
Capistrano Unified $7,246
Tehachapi Unified $7,233
Soulsbyville Elementary $7,230
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) $7,806
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) $7,709
Greenfield Union Elementary (8,049.80) $7,559
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) $7,264
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) $6,916
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) $6,895
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) $6,464
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Jose Unified $9,224
Alum Rock Union Elementary $8,735
Orchard Elementary $7,747
Milpitas Unified $7,310
Berryessa Union Elementary $7,264

824 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Culver City Unified 824
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
Berryessa Union Elementary 824
East Whittier City Elementary 824
William S. Hart Union High 824
Wheatland Elementary 823
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) 829
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) 824
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) 797
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) 788
Hawthorne Elementary (8,117.30) 785
Greenfield Union Elementary (8,049.80) 758
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) 730
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Milpitas Unified 831
Berryessa Union Elementary 824
San Jose Unified 792
Orchard Elementary 777
Alum Rock Union Elementary 746
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