California school district spending and test scores

Roseland 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 Roseland Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,059   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

779   Median: 783

$10,059 spent per student ($14.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Princeton Joint Unified $10,103
Del Norte County Unified $10,071
Fallbrook Union High $10,068
Roseland Elementary $10,059
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified $10,010
Little Shasta Elementary $9,951
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Hillsborough City Elementary (1,454.70) $13,484
Roseland Elementary (1,460.10) $10,059
Northern Humboldt Union High (1,475.30) $9,326
Riverdale Joint Unified (1,458.70) $8,578
Lakeport Unified (1,487.80) $8,372
Santa Paula Union High (1,476.90) $8,208
Wilsona Elementary (1,459.00) $7,714
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Roseland Elementary $10,059
Bellevue Union Elementary $8,322
Wright Elementary $8,040

779 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Jefferson Elementary 779
Curtis Creek Elementary 779
Oakley Union Elementary 779
Roseland Elementary 779
Lakeport Unified 779
West Sonoma County Union High 779
Tehachapi Unified 778
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hillsborough City Elementary (1,454.70) 967
Riverdale Joint Unified (1,458.70) 795
Northern Humboldt Union High (1,475.30) 787
Lakeport Unified (1,487.80) 779
Roseland Elementary (1,460.10) 779
Wilsona Elementary (1,459.00) 714
Santa Paula Union High (1,476.90) 705
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Wright Elementary 838
Roseland Elementary 779
Bellevue Union Elementary 740
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