California school district spending and test scores

Twin Hills 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 Twin Hills Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,453   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

840   Median: 783

$7,453 spent per student ($4.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Chaffey Joint Union High $7,465
King City Union Elementary $7,464
Lakeside Union Elementary $7,454
Twin Hills Union Elementary $7,453
Fremont Unified $7,449
Millbrae Elementary $7,447
Patterson Joint Unified $7,447
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tipton Elementary (581.80) $8,229
Helendale Elementary (619.00) $8,106
Pacheco Union Elementary (586.20) $7,830
Grant Elementary (580.30) $7,805
Antelope Elementary (593.90) $7,595
Twin Hills Union Elementary (593.00) $7,453
Gravenstein Union Elementary (594.00) $6,479
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Sebastopol Union Elementary $8,809
Twin Hills Union Elementary $7,453
Dunham Elementary $7,348
Gravenstein Union Elementary $6,479

840 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Janesville Union Elementary 840
Brentwood Union Elementary 840
Bonita Unified 840
Twin Hills Union Elementary 840
Union Hill Elementary 840
Rosemead Elementary 840
Castaic Union Elementary 840
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Grant Elementary (580.30) 890
Gravenstein Union Elementary (594.00) 870
Twin Hills Union Elementary (593.00) 840
Antelope Elementary (593.90) 816
Pacheco Union Elementary (586.20) 783
Tipton Elementary (581.80) 765
Helendale Elementary (619.00) 753
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Twin Hills Union Elementary 840
Dunham Elementary 831
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
Shoreline Unified 792
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