California school district spending and test scores

Corning 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 Corning Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,901   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

756   Median: 783

$7,901 spent per student ($14.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Placer Union High $7,903
Empire Union Elementary $7,901
Ceres Unified $7,901
Corning Union Elementary $7,901
Somis Union Elementary $7,899
Palo Verde Unified $7,896
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
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
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) $8,210
Corning Union Elementary (1,811.20) $7,901
Live Oak Unified (1,766.00) $7,745
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) $6,170
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Molinos Unified $9,591
Flournoy Union Elementary $9,396
Red Bluff Joint Union High $8,739
Red Bluff Union Elementary $8,423
Orland Joint Unified $8,151
Chico Unified $8,101
Gerber Union Elementary $8,091
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756 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Livingston Union Elementary 756
Bridgeville Elementary 756
Tracy Joint Unified 756
Corning Union Elementary 756
South Bay Union Elementary 756
Mt. Pleasant Elementary 756
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified 755
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lammersville Elementary (1,765.90) 862
Central Union Elementary (1,812.20) 825
Golden Valley Unified (1,846.80) 822
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
Richfield Elementary 858
Kirkwood Elementary 832
Los Molinos Unified 803
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
Chico Unified 789
Red Bluff Union Elementary 786
Reeds Creek Elementary 777
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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