California school district spending and test scores

Dunham 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 Dunham Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,348   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

831   Median: 783

$7,348 spent per student ($1.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
Mulberry Elementary $7,352
Morgan Hill Unified $7,350
Dunham Elementary $7,348
Walnut Creek Elementary $7,345
Rohnerville Elementary $7,345
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary $7,340
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Big Pine Unified (169.20) $15,566
Two Rock Union Elementary (177.80) $10,406
Latrobe Elementary (169.20) $10,363
Ducor Union Elementary (173.40) $8,123
Paradise Elementary (174.10) $7,754
Winship-Robbins School District (176.60) $7,715
Dunham Elementary (174.10) $7,348
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Two Rock Union Elementary $10,406
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified $8,410
Liberty Elementary $7,990
Twin Hills Union Elementary $7,453
Dunham Elementary $7,348
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831 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rio Dell Elementary 831
Campbell Union Elementary 831
Milpitas Unified 831
Dunham Elementary 831
North County Joint Union Elementary 830
San Luis Coastal Unified 830
Nuestro Elementary 830
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Latrobe Elementary (169.20) 918
Two Rock Union Elementary (177.80) 866
Dunham Elementary (174.10) 831
Paradise Elementary (174.10) 822
Ducor Union Elementary (173.40) 771
Winship-Robbins School District (176.60) 736
Big Pine Unified (169.20) 632
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Liberty Elementary 913
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
Two Rock Union Elementary 866
Twin Hills Union Elementary 840
Dunham Elementary 831
Shoreline Unified 792
West Sonoma County Union High 779
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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