California school district spending and test scores

Sutter Union High 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 Sutter Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,856   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

727   Median: 783

$7,856 spent per student ($5.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Galt Joint Union Elementary $7,867
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary $7,861
Turlock Unified $7,860
Sutter Union High $7,856
Ventura Unified $7,855
El Dorado Union High $7,846
Paso Robles Joint Unified $7,843
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) $14,287
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) $10,703
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) $9,028
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) $8,328
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) $7,999
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) $7,918
Sutter Union High (663.80) $7,856
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
East Nicolaus Joint Union High $9,397
Colusa Unified $7,985
Marysville Joint Unified $7,916
Sutter Union High $7,856
Live Oak Unified $7,745
Woodland Joint Unified $7,646
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727 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Keyes Union Elementary 728
River Delta Joint Unified 728
Perris Union High 727
Sutter Union High 727
Palmdale Elementary 726
Le Grand Union High 726
Williams Unified 726
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) 946
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) 813
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) 806
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) 770
Chatom Union Elementary (654.70) 770
Sutter Union High (663.80) 727
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
East Nicolaus Joint Union High 790
Yuba City Unified 783
Pierce Joint Unified 737
Marysville Joint Unified 736
Live Oak Unified 735
Woodland Joint Unified 733
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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