California school district spending and test scores

Empire 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 Empire Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,901   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

778   Median: 783

$7,901 spent per student ($22.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Placer Union High $7,903
Ceres Unified $7,901
Corning Union Elementary $7,901
Empire Union Elementary $7,901
Somis Union Elementary $7,899
Palo Verde Unified $7,896
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary (2,868.40) $9,056
San Benito High (2,865.40) $8,656
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) $8,183
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) $7,901
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) $7,143
Santa Rita Union Elementary (2,870.20) $6,870
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) $6,394
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Riverbank Unified $9,521
Waterford Unified $8,871
Ceres Unified $7,901
Empire Union Elementary $7,901
Hughson Unified $7,791
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Sylvan Union Elementary $7,054

778 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Santa Rita Union Elementary 778
Alpine County Unified 778
Tehachapi Unified 778
Empire Union Elementary 778
New Haven Unified 777
Saucelito Elementary 777
Reeds Creek Elementary 777
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary (2,868.40) 904
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) 862
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) 840
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) 823
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) 778
Santa Rita Union Elementary (2,870.20) 778
San Benito High (2,865.40) 740
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Waterford Unified 782
Empire Union Elementary 778
Hughson Unified 774
Ceres Unified 754
Riverbank Unified 715
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