California school district spending and test scores

Cinnabar 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 Cinnabar Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,898   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

749   Median: 783

$9,898 spent per student ($1.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Junction Elementary $9,936
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
Westside Elementary $9,920
Cinnabar Elementary $9,898
King City Joint Union High $9,893
San Diego Unified $9,855
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Warner Unified (184.90) $15,338
Fort Sage Unified (190.00) $12,229
Cinnabar Elementary (185.40) $9,898
Traver Joint Elementary (185.10) $9,763
Monroe Elementary (180.40) $8,465
San Antonio Union Elementary (190.30) $8,376
Liberty Elementary (193.40) $7,990
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Cinnabar Elementary $9,898
Wilmar Union Elementary $8,293
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
Liberty Elementary $7,990
Waugh Elementary $7,600

749 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Caruthers Unified 749
Paradise Unified 749
Cinnabar Elementary 749
Silver Valley Unified 749
Merced River Union Elementary 749
Central Unified 748
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Liberty Elementary (193.40) 913
San Antonio Union Elementary (190.30) 807
Monroe Elementary (180.40) 783
Cinnabar Elementary (185.40) 749
Traver Joint Elementary (185.10) 731
Warner Unified (184.90) 714
Fort Sage Unified (190.00) 660
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Liberty Elementary 913
Waugh Elementary 903
Wilmar Union Elementary 876
Old Adobe Union Elementary 818
Cinnabar Elementary 749
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