California school district spending and test scores

Columbia 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 Columbia Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,719   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

841   Median: 783

$7,719 spent per student ($7.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
El Segundo Unified $7,733
Reeds Creek Elementary $7,728
West Side Union Elementary $7,727
Columbia Elementary $7,719
Edison Elementary $7,718
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Winship-Robbins School District $7,715
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Hope Elementary (927.70) $8,971
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) $8,892
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) $8,429
Columbia Elementary (945.20) $7,719
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) $7,367
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) $6,908
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) $6,322
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Junction Elementary $9,936
North Cow Creek Elementary $8,669
Gateway Unified $8,617
Enterprise Elementary $8,412
Bella Vista Elementary $8,258
Columbia Elementary $7,719

841 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Norris Elementary 841
Solvang Elementary 841
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary 841
Columbia Elementary 841
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary 840
Bonita Unified 840
Brentwood Union Elementary 840
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) 903
Hope Elementary (927.70) 894
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) 855
Columbia Elementary (945.20) 841
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) 816
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) 687
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) 677
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
North Cow Creek Elementary 890
Junction Elementary 845
Columbia Elementary 841
Enterprise Elementary 815
Bella Vista Elementary 814
Gateway Unified 782
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