California school district spending and test scores

Scott Valley Unified 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 Scott Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,703   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

806   Median: 783

$10,703 spent per student ($7.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified $10,750
Douglas City Elementary $10,726
Scott Valley Unified $10,703
Newport-Mesa Unified $10,669
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
Black Butte Union Elementary $10,626
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) $14,287
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) $14,028
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) $10,703
Wheatland Union High (686.00) $8,378
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) $7,999
Sutter Union High (663.80) $7,856
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) $7,340
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Forks of Salmon Elementary $23,037
Coffee Creek Elementary $22,657
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Happy Camp Union Elementary $12,863
Seiad Elementary $12,131
Scott Valley Unified $10,703
Yreka Union High $10,434
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806 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Orange Unified 806
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary 806
Oak Grove Elementary 806
Scott Valley Unified 806
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 806
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary 806
Sanger Unified 805
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) 946
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) 808
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) 806
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) 770
Wheatland Union High (686.00) 733
Sutter Union High (663.80) 727
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Coffee Creek Elementary N/A
Forks of Salmon Elementary N/A
Seiad Elementary 854
Grenada Elementary 828
Scott Valley Unified 806
Yreka Union Elementary 796
Butteville Union Elementary 790
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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