California school district spending and test scores

Big Springs 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 Big Springs Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,569   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

708   Median: 783

$12,569 spent per student ($933,987 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pacific Grove Unified $12,647
Mountain Valley Unified $12,630
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Big Springs Union Elementary $12,569
Baker Valley Unified $12,533
Geyserville Unified $12,459
Tulelake Basin Joint Unified $12,450
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Horicon Elementary (66.10) $20,136
Caliente Union Elementary (74.30) $13,643
Lewiston Elementary (67.40) $13,147
Mountain Union Elementary (71.70) $12,731
Big Springs Union Elementary (74.30) $12,569
Allensworth Elementary (75.30) $10,179
McCloud Union Elementary (76.20) $9,549
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Big Springs Union Elementary $12,569
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Little Shasta Elementary $9,951
Gazelle Union Elementary $9,178
Weed Union Elementary $8,881
Grenada Elementary $8,300
Butteville Union Elementary $7,835

708 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
Kern Union High 708
Orange Center Elementary 708
Big Springs Union Elementary 708
Trona Joint Unified 708
Hanford Joint Union High 707
Hayward Unified 707
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
McCloud Union Elementary (76.20) 819
Lewiston Elementary (67.40) 797
Mountain Union Elementary (71.70) 736
Big Springs Union Elementary (74.30) 708
Caliente Union Elementary (74.30) 677
Horicon Elementary (66.10) 676
Allensworth Elementary (75.30) 608
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Grenada Elementary 828
Butteville Union Elementary 790
Little Shasta Elementary 782
Gazelle Union Elementary 762
Siskiyou Union High 755
Weed Union Elementary 740
Big Springs Union Elementary 708
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