California school district spending and test scores

Waterford 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 Waterford Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,871   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

782   Median: 783

$8,871 spent per student ($15.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bayshore Elementary $8,884
Weed Union Elementary $8,881
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Waterford Unified $8,871
Santa Paula Elementary $8,867
Muroc Joint Unified $8,860
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) $10,172
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) $9,893
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) $8,871
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) $7,901
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) $7,745
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) $7,317
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) $6,170
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
Waterford Unified $8,871
Empire Union Elementary $7,901
Hughson Unified $7,791
Oakdale Joint Unified $7,367
Hickman Community Charter $6,192

782 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Calaveras Unified 782
Gateway Unified 782
Weaver Union Elementary 782
Waterford Unified 782
San Ysidro Elementary 782
Little Shasta Elementary 782
South Bay Union Elementary 781
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) 862
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) 853
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) 825
Waterford Unified (1,767.90) 782
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) 756
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) 735
King City Joint Union High (1,832.90) 689
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Hickman Community Charter 852
Oakdale Joint Unified 794
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary 787
Waterford Unified 782
Empire Union Elementary 778
Hughson Unified 774
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