California school district spending and test scores

Yreka 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 Yreka Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,507   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

796   Median: 783

$7,507 spent per student ($6.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515
Gold Trail Union Elementary $7,515
William S. Hart Union High $7,507
Yreka Union Elementary $7,507
Torrance Unified $7,505
Fairfield-Suisun Unified $7,496
Arvin Union Elementary $7,495
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) $15,244
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) $9,934
Yreka Union Elementary (921.30) $7,507
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) $7,366
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) $7,147
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) $6,995
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) $6,908
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hornbrook Elementary $16,958
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Scott Valley Unified $10,703
Montague Elementary $9,229
Delphic Elementary $8,754
Grenada Elementary $8,300
Yreka Union Elementary $7,507

796 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Muroc Joint Unified 796
El Nido Elementary 796
San Rafael City Elementary 796
Yreka Union Elementary 796
Sunnyvale Elementary 796
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Vallecitos Elementary 795
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) 883
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) 864
Yreka Union Elementary (921.30) 796
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) 785
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) 715
West Fresno Elementary (926.00) 700
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Grenada Elementary 828
Scott Valley Unified 806
Yreka Union Elementary 796
Delphic Elementary 763
Hornbrook Elementary 759
Montague Elementary 759
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