California school district spending and test scores

Castle Rock 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 Castle Rock Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$11,493   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

821   Median: 783

$11,493 spent per student ($732,302 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Piedmont City Unified $11,579
Plumas Unified $11,572
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
Castle Rock Union Elementary $11,493
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified $11,323
Chawanakee Unified $11,287
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Midway Elementary (61.70) $21,888
Horicon Elementary (66.10) $20,136
Pope Valley Union Elementary (60.00) $18,908
Lewiston Elementary (67.40) $13,147
Castle Rock Union Elementary (63.70) $11,493
Bend Elementary (63.10) $9,597
Canyon Elementary (65.80) $9,320
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Coffee Creek Elementary $22,657
Trinity Center Elementary $21,220
Castle Rock Union Elementary $11,493
Dunsmuir Elementary $10,517
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
McCloud Union Elementary $9,549
Gateway Unified $8,617

821 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Meridian Elementary 821
Central Elementary 821
Westminster Elementary 821
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
West Side Union Elementary 821
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
Arcata Elementary 820
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Canyon Elementary (65.80) 898
Castle Rock Union Elementary (63.70) 821
Lewiston Elementary (67.40) 797
Midway Elementary (61.70) 797
Bend Elementary (63.10) 770
Pope Valley Union Elementary (60.00) 736
Horicon Elementary (66.10) 676
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Coffee Creek Elementary N/A
Trinity Center Elementary N/A
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
McCloud Union Elementary 819
Gateway Unified 782
Siskiyou Union High 755
Dunsmuir Elementary 680
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