California school district spending and test scores

Roberts Ferry 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 Roberts Ferry Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,899   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

787   Median: 783

$8,899 spent per student ($1.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of $8,919
Bangor Union Elementary $8,915
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Bayshore Elementary $8,884
Weed Union Elementary $8,881
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Southern Trinity Joint Unified (114.60) $18,924
Cuddeback Union Elementary (116.20) $9,532
Bangor Union Elementary (119.30) $8,915
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary (117.00) $8,899
Nuestro Elementary (114.80) $8,063
Outside Creek Elementary (117.40) $7,201
Plainsburg Union Elementary (118.10) $5,874
Spending per student in adjacent districts
La Grange Elementary $17,858
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary $9,272
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
Waterford Unified $8,871
Denair Unified $8,700
Merced Union High $8,137
Knights Ferry Elementary $7,827
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787 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Amador County Unified 787
Desert Sands Unified 787
Northern Humboldt Union High 787
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary 787
Ballico-Cressey Elementary 787
Yreka Union High 787
Beaumont Unified 786
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Plainsburg Union Elementary (118.10) 863
Nuestro Elementary (114.80) 830
Cuddeback Union Elementary (116.20) 828
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary (117.00) 787
Outside Creek Elementary (117.40) 781
Bangor Union Elementary (119.30) 752
Southern Trinity Joint Unified (114.60) 752
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Hickman Community Charter 852
Knights Ferry Elementary 834
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary 827
La Grange Elementary 819
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary 787
Waterford Unified 782
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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