California school district spending and test scores

Corning 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 Corning Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,001   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

697   Median: 783

$9,001 spent per student ($8.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Konocti Unified $9,053
Bishop Joint Union High $9,028
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary $9,010
Corning Union High $9,001
Shasta Union High $8,985
Encinitas Union Elementary $8,979
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Taft Union High (969.80) $21,932
Santa Ynez Valley Union High (1,004.00) $9,547
Corning Union High (992.90) $9,001
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) $8,429
Esparto Unified (1,003.60) $8,082
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) $7,367
Placer Hills Union Elementary (1,019.80) $7,121
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Round Valley Unified $21,676
Los Molinos Unified $9,591
Corning Union High $9,001
Red Bluff Joint Union High $8,739
Red Bluff Union Elementary $8,423
Orland Joint Unified $8,151
Chico Unified $8,101
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697 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Kneeland Elementary 698
Farmersville Unified 698
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified 697
Corning Union High 697
Raisin City Elementary 696
West Contra Costa Unified 696
Soledad Unified 696
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Placer Hills Union Elementary (1,019.80) 881
Santa Ynez Valley Union High (1,004.00) 836
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) 816
Esparto Unified (1,003.60) 736
Taft Union High (969.80) 715
Corning Union High (992.90) 697
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) 677
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lake Elementary 810
Los Molinos Unified 803
Chico Unified 789
Red Bluff Union Elementary 786
Reeds Creek Elementary 777
Gerber Union Elementary 758
Orland Joint Unified 729
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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