California school district spending and test scores

Rincon Valley Union 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 Rincon Valley Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,913   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

873   Median: 783

$7,913 spent per student ($22.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Marysville Joint Unified $7,916
Western Placer Unified $7,914
Richland Union Elementary $7,913
Rincon Valley Union Elementary $7,913
Fillmore Unified $7,907
Magnolia Union Elementary $7,907
Placer Union High $7,903
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Laguna Beach Unified (2,768.40) $13,773
Konocti Unified (2,805.40) $9,053
Ojai Unified (2,815.30) $8,082
Rincon Valley Union Elementary (2,796.10) $7,913
Salida Union Elementary (2,756.60) $7,804
Mountain View Elementary (2,778.80) $6,977
Romoland Elementary (2,812.30) $6,820
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Kenwood Elementary $13,248
Calistoga Joint Unified $12,431
Alexander Valley Union Elementary $11,640
Rincon Valley Union Elementary $7,913
Mark West Union Elementary $7,639
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908

873 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rocklin Unified 874
San Pasqual Union Elementary 874
Evergreen Elementary 874
Rincon Valley Union Elementary 873
Beverly Hills Unified 872
Etiwanda Elementary 872
Monte Rio Union Elementary 872
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Laguna Beach Unified (2,768.40) 895
Rincon Valley Union Elementary (2,796.10) 873
Ojai Unified (2,815.30) 815
Mountain View Elementary (2,778.80) 814
Salida Union Elementary (2,756.60) 776
Romoland Elementary (2,812.30) 775
Konocti Unified (2,805.40) 681
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Alexander Valley Union Elementary 894
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Rincon Valley Union Elementary 873
Kenwood Elementary 871
Mark West Union Elementary 854
Saint Helena Unified 793
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
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