California school district spending and test scores

Denair 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 Denair Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,700   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

710   Median: 783

$8,700 spent per student ($10.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Westmorland Union Elementary $8,704
Wasco Union High $8,704
Denair Unified $8,700
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Lucerne Elementary $8,673
East Side Union High $8,671
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Las Lomitas Elementary (1,199.70) $13,163
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) $12,591
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) $8,959
Denair Unified (1,188.30) $8,700
Aromas/San Juan Unified (1,191.20) $8,033
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) $7,605
Williams Unified (1,134.00) $7,283
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary $9,272
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
Denair Unified $8,700
Merced Union High $8,137
Turlock Unified $7,860
Hughson Unified $7,791
Ballico-Cressey Elementary $7,635
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710 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Colton Joint Unified 710
Colusa Unified 710
Montebello Unified 710
Denair Unified 710
Westside Elementary 710
Southern Kern Unified 709
Los Angeles Unified 709
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Las Lomitas Elementary (1,199.70) 963
Reed Union Elementary (1,195.50) 953
Placerville Union Elementary (1,154.30) 839
Bishop Union Elementary (1,156.70) 786
Williams Unified (1,134.00) 726
Aromas/San Juan Unified (1,191.20) 717
Denair Unified (1,188.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Gratton Elementary 887
Hickman Community Charter 852
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary 827
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary 787
Ballico-Cressey Elementary 787
Hughson Unified 774
Turlock Unified 760
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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