California school district spending and test scores

North Cow Creek 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 North Cow Creek Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,669   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

890   Median: 783

$8,669 spent per student ($2.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Lucerne Elementary $8,673
East Side Union High $8,671
North Cow Creek Elementary $8,669
Calexico Unified $8,668
San Benito High $8,656
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Round Valley Unified (265.50) $21,676
Maricopa Unified (267.40) $10,844
North Cow Creek Elementary (263.70) $8,669
Elverta Joint Elementary (265.60) $7,652
Island Union Elementary (258.30) $7,016
Maple Elementary (261.40) $6,248
Waukena Joint Union Elementary (257.10) $6,074
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Junction Elementary $9,936
North Cow Creek Elementary $8,669
Bella Vista Elementary $8,258
Columbia Elementary $7,719
Millville Elementary $7,712

890 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Burlingame Elementary 892
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
Grant Elementary 890
North Cow Creek Elementary 890
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Coronado Unified 888
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
North Cow Creek Elementary (263.70) 890
Island Union Elementary (258.30) 828
Elverta Joint Elementary (265.60) 825
Maple Elementary (261.40) 775
Waukena Joint Union Elementary (257.10) 679
Maricopa Unified (267.40) 649
Round Valley Unified (265.50) 566
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Millville Elementary 906
North Cow Creek Elementary 890
Junction Elementary 845
Columbia Elementary 841
Bella Vista Elementary 814
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