California school district spending and test scores

Fort Ross 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 Fort Ross Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,123   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

767   Median: 783

$17,123 spent per student ($647,771 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
College Elementary $17,382
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High $17,127
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Owens Valley Unified (38.20) $39,228
Big Creek Elementary (40.40) $20,875
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) $17,123
Hornbrook Elementary (38.30) $16,958
Bridgeville Elementary (36.30) $16,169
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) $9,396
Graves Elementary (36.60) $8,723
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280

767 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Blue Lake Union Elementary 768
Rim of The World Unified 767
Escalon Unified 767
Fort Ross Elementary 767
Eureka City Unified 766
Healdsburg Unified 766
Whittier Union High 765
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Big Creek Elementary (40.40) 862
Graves Elementary (36.60) 839
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) 801
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) 767
Hornbrook Elementary (38.30) 759
Bridgeville Elementary (36.30) 756
Owens Valley Unified (38.20) 754
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Monte Rio Union Elementary 872
Montgomery Elementary 844
Fort Ross Elementary 767
Horicon Elementary 676
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