California school district spending and test scores

Guerneville 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 Guerneville Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,389   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

851   Median: 783

$9,389 spent per student ($2.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
East Nicolaus Joint Union High $9,397
Flournoy Union Elementary $9,396
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
Centinela Valley Union High $9,366
Thermalito Union Elementary $9,363
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary $9,351
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Trona Joint Unified (280.00) $14,915
Shandon Joint Unified (281.50) $11,188
Lagunitas Elementary (270.30) $10,868
Raisin City Elementary (288.20) $10,183
Junction Elementary (285.90) $9,936
Guerneville Elementary (280.50) $9,389
Banta Elementary (280.30) $7,973
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194
West Side Union Elementary $7,727

851 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
Valley Home Joint Elementary 852
Hickman Community Charter 852
Guerneville Elementary 851
Tustin Unified 850
Pacific Elementary 850
Mother Lode Union Elementary 849
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Guerneville Elementary (280.50) 851
Junction Elementary (285.90) 845
Banta Elementary (280.30) 776
Lagunitas Elementary (270.30) 774
Shandon Joint Unified (281.50) 755
Trona Joint Unified (280.00) 708
Raisin City Elementary (288.20) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Monte Rio Union Elementary 872
Guerneville Elementary 851
Montgomery Elementary 844
West Side Union Elementary 821
Forestville Union Elementary 814
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