California school district spending and test scores

Willow 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 Willow Creek Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,331   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

722   Median: 783

$10,331 spent per student ($470,263 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
Silver Valley Unified $10,360
Mill Valley Elementary $10,357
Willow Creek Elementary $10,331
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Le Grand Union High $10,318
Goleta Union Elementary $10,310
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mattole Unified (45.60) $31,771
Big Creek Elementary (40.40) $20,875
Nicasio Elementary (47.00) $17,059
Camptonville Elementary (43.00) $16,957
Citrus South Tule Elementary (42.60) $12,381
Willow Creek Elementary (45.50) $10,331
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) $8,707
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bogus Elementary $25,772
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Butte Valley Unified $11,802
Willow Creek Elementary $10,331
Little Shasta Elementary $9,951
Montague Elementary $9,229

722 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Escondido Union High 724
Bishop Joint Union High 724
Santa Ana Unified 723
Willow Creek Elementary 722
Pomona Unified 721
Loleta Union Elementary 721
Beardsley Elementary 721
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Nicasio Elementary (47.00) 871
Big Creek Elementary (40.40) 862
Camptonville Elementary (43.00) 790
Mountain House Elementary (47.30) 743
Mattole Unified (45.60) 728
Willow Creek Elementary (45.50) 722
Citrus South Tule Elementary (42.60) 545
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bogus Elementary N/A
Little Shasta Elementary 782
Montague Elementary 759
Hornbrook Elementary 759
Butte Valley Unified 741
Willow Creek Elementary 722
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