California school district spending and test scores

Flournoy 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 Flournoy Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,396   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

801   Median: 783

$9,396 spent per student ($328,299 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Arcata Elementary $9,415
Maxwell Unified $9,404
East Nicolaus Joint Union High $9,397
Flournoy Union Elementary $9,396
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
Centinela Valley Union High $9,366
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) $17,123
Montgomery Elementary (34.30) $16,539
Bridgeville Elementary (36.30) $16,169
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) $11,723
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) $9,396
Graves Elementary (36.60) $8,723
Cienega Union Elementary (34.30) $8,718
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Elkins Elementary $21,794
Flournoy Union Elementary $9,396
Red Bluff Joint Union High $8,739
Orland Joint Unified $8,151
Corning Union Elementary $7,901
Reeds Creek Elementary $7,728

801 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Corona-Norco Unified 801
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
Nevada Joint Union High 801
Mupu Elementary 801
Brisbane Elementary 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cienega Union Elementary (34.30) 859
Montgomery Elementary (34.30) 844
Graves Elementary (36.60) 839
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) 801
Fort Ross Elementary (37.80) 767
Bridgeville Elementary (36.30) 756
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) 698
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Elkins Elementary N/A
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
Reeds Creek Elementary 777
Corning Union Elementary 756
Orland Joint Unified 729
Red Bluff Joint Union High 716
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