California school district spending and test scores

Kenwood 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 Kenwood Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,248   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

871   Median: 783

$13,248 spent per student ($1.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified $13,365
Bradley Union Elementary $13,345
Bret Harte Union High $13,295
Kenwood Elementary $13,248
Borrego Springs Unified $13,196
Bonny Doon Union Elementary $13,186
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Kenwood Elementary (142.20) $13,248
Blue Lake Union Elementary (143.90) $10,212
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary (141.50) $9,941
Montague Elementary (140.90) $9,229
Butteville Union Elementary (145.30) $7,835
Reeds Creek Elementary (140.90) $7,728
Lake Elementary (142.40) $6,019
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Kenwood Elementary $13,248
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Rincon Valley Union Elementary $7,913
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908

871 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary 871
Nicasio Elementary 871
Clay Joint Elementary 871
Kenwood Elementary 871
Moreland Elementary 870
Hydesville Elementary 870
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Kenwood Elementary (142.20) 871
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary (141.50) 812
Lake Elementary (142.40) 810
Butteville Union Elementary (145.30) 790
Reeds Creek Elementary (140.90) 777
Blue Lake Union Elementary (143.90) 768
Montague Elementary (140.90) 759
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Rincon Valley Union Elementary 873
Kenwood Elementary 871
Saint Helena Unified 793
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