California school district spending and test scores

Brittan 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 Brittan Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,403   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$7,403 spent per student ($3.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Di Giorgio Elementary $7,408
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary $7,407
Lucia Mar Unified $7,406
Brittan Elementary $7,403
Winton Elementary $7,395
Cypress Elementary $7,395
Hydesville Elementary $7,393
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Eastern Sierra Unified (456.60) $22,998
Borrego Springs Unified (452.10) $13,196
Summerville Union High (470.00) $11,266
Foresthill Union Elementary (463.00) $7,670
Brittan Elementary (455.20) $7,403
Pacific Union Elementary (452.70) $7,136
Franklin Elementary (448.90) $5,887
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Nuestro Elementary $8,063
Colusa Unified $7,985
Live Oak Unified $7,745
Winship-Robbins School District $7,715
Meridian Elementary $7,472
Brittan Elementary $7,403
Yuba City Unified $7,180
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759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Morongo Unified 759
Delhi Unified 759
Winters Joint Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Palermo Union Elementary 759
Trinity Alps Unified 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Franklin Elementary (448.90) 832
Foresthill Union Elementary (463.00) 816
Pacific Union Elementary (452.70) 799
Summerville Union High (470.00) 797
Eastern Sierra Unified (456.60) 770
Brittan Elementary (455.20) 759
Borrego Springs Unified (452.10) 703
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Franklin Elementary 832
Nuestro Elementary 830
Meridian Elementary 821
Yuba City Unified 783
Brittan Elementary 759
Winship-Robbins School District 736
Live Oak Unified 735
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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