California school district spending and test scores

Riverbank 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 Riverbank Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,521   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

715   Median: 783

$9,521 spent per student ($22.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cuddeback Union Elementary $9,532
Big Lagoon Union Elementary $9,526
Fort Bragg Unified $9,523
Riverbank Unified $9,521
Bassett Unified $9,516
Banning Unified $9,515
Modoc Joint Unified $9,514
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Riverbank Unified (2,347.20) $9,521
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified (2,360.10) $8,463
Savanna Elementary (2,351.30) $7,809
Linden Unified (2,321.20) $7,530
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) $6,903
Wiseburn Elementary (2,322.20) $6,884
Weaver Union Elementary (2,374.50) $6,870
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Riverbank Unified $9,521
Empire Union Elementary $7,901
Escalon Unified $7,779
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Sylvan Union Elementary $7,054

715 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oxnard Elementary 715
San Jacinto Unified 715
Armona Union Elementary 715
Riverbank Unified 715
Terra Bella Union Elementary 715
Taft Union High 715
Wilsona Elementary 714
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) 848
Wiseburn Elementary (2,322.20) 843
Weaver Union Elementary (2,374.50) 782
Savanna Elementary (2,351.30) 775
Linden Unified (2,321.20) 774
Riverbank Unified (2,347.20) 715
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified (2,360.10) 702
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Empire Union Elementary 778
Escalon Unified 767
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