California school district spending and test scores

Klamath River 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 Klamath River Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,400   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

735   Median: 783

$14,400 spent per student ($260,346 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Indian Diggings Elementary $14,913
Manton Joint Union Elementary $14,857
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Desert Center Unified (18.00) $39,282
Indian Springs Elementary (15.20) $33,451
Whitmore Union Elementary (18.50) $25,154
Trinity Center Elementary (14.30) $21,220
Plum Valley Elementary (18.40) $18,476
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary (18.40) $16,512
Klamath River Union Elementary (18.10) $14,400
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Seiad Elementary $12,131
Scott Valley Unified $10,703
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Yreka Union Elementary $7,507

735 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Escondido Union Elementary 735
Live Oak Unified 735
Newman-Crows Landing Unified 735
Klamath River Union Elementary 735
Holtville Unified 735
Baldwin Park Unified 735
Salinas City Elementary 735
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Whitmore Union Elementary (18.50) 915
Indian Springs Elementary (15.20) 852
Plum Valley Elementary (18.40) 793
Klamath River Union Elementary (18.10) 735
Desert Center Unified (18.00) 611
French Gulch-Whiskeytown Elementary (18.40) N/A
Trinity Center Elementary (14.30) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Seiad Elementary 854
Scott Valley Unified 806
Yreka Union Elementary 796
Hornbrook Elementary 759
Siskiyou Union High 755
Klamath River Union Elementary 735
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