California school district spending and test scores

Valley Home Joint 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 Valley Home Joint Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,540   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

852   Median: 783

$8,540 spent per student ($1.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Porterville Unified $8,564
Jefferson Union High $8,550
Redding Elementary $8,548
Valley Home Joint Elementary $8,540
Vista Unified $8,522
Escondido Union High $8,517
Fortuna Union High $8,515
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
El Nido Elementary (158.10) $10,156
Valley Home Joint Elementary (149.40) $8,540
Grenada Elementary (158.20) $8,300
Trinidad Union Elementary (147.50) $7,804
Hydesville Elementary (150.80) $7,393
Clear Creek Elementary (148.80) $7,062
Three Rivers Union Elementary (146.80) $6,958
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bret Harte Union High $13,295
Valley Home Joint Elementary $8,540
Knights Ferry Elementary $7,827
Escalon Unified $7,779
Linden Unified $7,530
Calaveras Unified $7,429
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
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852 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High 852
Indian Springs Elementary 852
Hickman Community Charter 852
Valley Home Joint Elementary 852
Guerneville Elementary 851
Tustin Unified 850
Pacific Elementary 850
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hydesville Elementary (150.80) 870
Valley Home Joint Elementary (149.40) 852
Clear Creek Elementary (148.80) 829
Trinidad Union Elementary (147.50) 829
Grenada Elementary (158.20) 828
El Nido Elementary (158.10) 796
Three Rivers Union Elementary (146.80) 792
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Valley Home Joint Elementary 852
Knights Ferry Elementary 834
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
Calaveras Unified 782
Linden Unified 774
Escalon Unified 767
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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