California school district spending and test scores

Bennett Valley 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 Bennett Valley Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,908   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

883   Median: 783

$6,908 spent per student ($6.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
General Shafter Elementary $6,912
Oakley Union Elementary $6,909
Washington Union Elementary $6,908
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908
Fruitvale Elementary $6,904
Templeton Unified $6,903
Lincoln Unified $6,895
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) $15,244
Lassen Union High (906.60) $9,431
Waugh Elementary (894.10) $7,600
Yreka Union Elementary (921.30) $7,507
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) $7,366
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) $7,147
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) $6,908
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Kenwood Elementary $13,248
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Bellevue Union Elementary $8,322
Rincon Valley Union Elementary $7,913
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908

883 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Gratton Elementary 887
Temple City Unified 885
Poway Unified 883
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary 882
Las Virgenes Unified 882
El Segundo Unified 881
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Waugh Elementary (894.10) 903
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) 883
Evergreen Union Elementary (919.60) 864
Yreka Union Elementary (921.30) 796
Lassen Union High (906.60) 734
Armona Union Elementary (924.60) 715
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Rincon Valley Union Elementary 873
Kenwood Elementary 871
Bellevue Union Elementary 740
Sonoma Valley Unified 733
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