California school district spending and test scores

Travis 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 Travis Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,409   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

816   Median: 783

$7,409 spent per student ($37.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oak Grove Union Elementary $7,427
Evergreen Elementary $7,418
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary $7,414
Travis Unified $7,409
Di Giorgio Elementary $7,408
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary $7,407
Lucia Mar Unified $7,406
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Beverly Hills Unified (4,782.70) $11,122
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) $8,283
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) $7,836
Travis Unified (5,019.20) $7,409
Oakdale Joint Unified (4,999.40) $7,367
Benicia Unified (4,791.00) $7,111
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) $6,176
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Fairfield-Suisun Unified $7,496
Travis Unified $7,409
Vacaville Unified $6,876
Dixon Unified $6,287

816 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Antelope Elementary 816
Pond Union Elementary 816
Cottonwood Union Elementary 816
Travis Unified 816
Western Placer Unified 816
Black Butte Union Elementary 816
Foresthill Union Elementary 816
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Beverly Hills Unified (4,782.70) 872
Benicia Unified (4,791.00) 843
Travis Unified (5,019.20) 816
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) 815
Oakdale Joint Unified (4,999.40) 794
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) 788
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) 772
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Travis Unified 816
Vacaville Unified 769
Dixon Unified 751
Fairfield-Suisun Unified 750
River Delta Joint Unified 728
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