California school district spending and test scores

Waugh 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 Waugh Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,600   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

903   Median: 783

$7,600 spent per student ($6.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Brawley Elementary $7,605
Placerville Union Elementary $7,605
Jurupa Unified $7,601
Waugh Elementary $7,600
Culver City Unified $7,599
Pleasanton Unified $7,599
Rockford Elementary $7,598
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) $15,244
Lassen Union High (906.60) $9,431
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) $8,624
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) $8,384
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary (861.90) $7,978
Waugh Elementary (894.10) $7,600
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) $6,908
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Cinnabar Elementary $9,898
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
Waugh Elementary $7,600

903 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary 904
Washington Union Elementary 903
Waugh Elementary 903
San Carlos Elementary 899
Acalanes Union High 899
Walnut Valley Unified 898
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Waugh Elementary (894.10) 903
Bennett Valley Union Elementary (919.40) 883
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary (861.90) 794
Lassen Union High (906.60) 734
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) 715
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) 711
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified (918.20) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Waugh Elementary 903
Old Adobe Union Elementary 818
Cinnabar Elementary 749
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