California school district spending and test scores

Siskiyou Union High 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 Siskiyou Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,153   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

755   Median: 783

$10,153 spent per student ($6.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Central Union Elementary $10,172
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Siskiyou Union High $10,153
Mountain Elementary $10,150
Pasadena Unified $10,104
Princeton Joint Unified $10,103
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Yreka Union High (632.20) $10,434
Siskiyou Union High (654.20) $10,153
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) $9,028
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) $8,328
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) $7,918
Union Hill Elementary (643.60) $7,178
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary (652.50) $6,593
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Indian Springs Elementary $33,451
Forks of Salmon Elementary $23,037
Coffee Creek Elementary $22,657
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Dunsmuir Joint Union High $13,634
Big Springs Union Elementary $12,569
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755 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Whittier City Elementary 755
Shandon Joint Unified 755
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified 755
Siskiyou Union High 755
Anaheim City Elementary 755
South Fork Union Elementary 755
Lennox Elementary 754
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Union Hill Elementary (643.60) 840
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) 813
Kings River-Hardwick Union Elementary (652.50) 806
Yreka Union High (632.20) 787
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) 770
Siskiyou Union High (654.20) 755
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Forks of Salmon Elementary N/A
Coffee Creek Elementary N/A
Indian Springs Elementary 852
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
Shasta Union High 808
Scott Valley Unified 806
Yreka Union High 787
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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