California school district spending and test scores

Windsor Unified 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 Windsor Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,836   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

772   Median: 783

$7,836 spent per student ($39.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Ventura Unified $7,855
El Dorado Union High $7,846
Paso Robles Joint Unified $7,843
Windsor Unified $7,836
Butteville Union Elementary $7,835
Pacheco Union Elementary $7,830
Hanford Elementary $7,829
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) $8,283
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) $7,836
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) $7,447
Travis Unified (5,019.20) $7,409
Oakdale Joint Unified (4,999.40) $7,367
Benicia Unified (4,791.00) $7,111
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) $6,176
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alexander Valley Union Elementary $11,640
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Healdsburg Unified $8,809
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194
Windsor Unified $7,836
West Side Union Elementary $7,727
Mark West Union Elementary $7,639
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772 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Calipatria Unified 772
Franklin-McKinley Elementary 772
Tulare City Elementary 772
Windsor Unified 772
Duarte Unified 772
El Centro Elementary 772
Ducor Union Elementary 771
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Benicia Unified (4,791.00) 843
Travis Unified (5,019.20) 816
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) 815
Oakdale Joint Unified (4,999.40) 794
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) 788
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) 772
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) 730
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Alexander Valley Union Elementary 894
Mark West Union Elementary 854
West Side Union Elementary 821
Forestville Union Elementary 814
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary 808
West Sonoma County Union High 779
Windsor Unified 772
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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