California school district spending and test scores

Two Rock 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 Two Rock Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,406   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

866   Median: 783

$10,406 spent per student ($1.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Yreka Union High $10,434
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Two Rock Union Elementary $10,406
Happy Valley Elementary $10,387
Trinity Alps Unified $10,365
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Two Rock Union Elementary (177.80) $10,406
Merced River Union Elementary (180.30) $9,498
Paradise Elementary (174.10) $7,754
Winship-Robbins School District (176.60) $7,715
Buena Vista Elementary (179.70) $7,711
Dunham Elementary (174.10) $7,348
General Shafter Elementary (178.90) $6,912
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Laguna Joint Elementary $11,120
Two Rock Union Elementary $10,406
Wilmar Union Elementary $8,293
Liberty Elementary $7,990
Dunham Elementary $7,348

866 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Conejo Valley Unified 866
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Roseville City Elementary 866
Two Rock Union Elementary 866
Big Lagoon Union Elementary 866
Clovis Unified 866
Magnolia Union Elementary 865
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Two Rock Union Elementary (177.80) 866
Dunham Elementary (174.10) 831
Paradise Elementary (174.10) 822
Buena Vista Elementary (179.70) 781
Merced River Union Elementary (180.30) 749
Winship-Robbins School District (176.60) 736
General Shafter Elementary (178.90) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Liberty Elementary 913
Wilmar Union Elementary 876
Two Rock Union Elementary 866
Dunham Elementary 831
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