California school district spending and test scores

Keyes 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 Keyes Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,254   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

728   Median: 783

$8,254 spent per student ($6.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Shiloh Elementary $8,272
Kelseyville Unified $8,270
Bella Vista Elementary $8,258
Keyes Union Elementary $8,254
Salinas Union High $8,250
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Coast Unified (717.00) $13,775
Emery Unified (726.90) $13,680
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) $10,750
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) $9,652
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) $8,809
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) $8,254
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) $6,749
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Keyes Union Elementary $8,254
Chatom Union Elementary $7,918
Ceres Unified $7,901
Turlock Unified $7,860
Hughson Unified $7,791

728 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Junction City Elementary 728
Mattole Unified 728
River Delta Joint Unified 728
Keyes Union Elementary 728
Potter Valley Community Unified 728
Perris Union High 727
Sutter Union High 727
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) 849
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) 794
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) 792
Coast Unified (717.00) 785
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) 769
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) 728
Emery Unified (726.90) 709
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Hughson Unified 774
Chatom Union Elementary 770
Turlock Unified 760
Ceres Unified 754
Keyes Union Elementary 728
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