California school district spending and test scores

Red Bluff 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 Red Bluff Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,423   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

786   Median: 783

$8,423 spent per student ($17.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Cottonwood Union Elementary $8,429
Parlier Unified $8,426
Sanger Unified $8,425
Red Bluff Union Elementary $8,423
Lafayette Elementary $8,422
Dinuba Unified $8,418
Sunol Glen Unified $8,416
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) $17,451
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) $11,572
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) $8,423
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) $7,791
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) $7,464
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) $7,392
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) $7,088
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bend Elementary $9,597
Corning Union High $9,001
Red Bluff Union Elementary $8,423
Lassen View Union Elementary $8,222
Gerber Union Elementary $8,091
Corning Union Elementary $7,901
Reeds Creek Elementary $7,728
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786 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Bishop Union Elementary 786
Beaumont Unified 786
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
Red Bluff Union Elementary 786
Center Joint Unified 786
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
San Diego Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) 897
Auburn Union Elementary (2,034.10) 815
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) 811
Red Bluff Union Elementary (2,039.20) 786
Hughson Unified (2,070.20) 774
King City Union Elementary (2,043.90) 701
Fairfax Elementary (2,079.70) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Lassen View Union Elementary 879
Evergreen Union Elementary 864
Antelope Elementary 816
Red Bluff Union Elementary 786
Reeds Creek Elementary 777
Bend Elementary 770
Gerber Union Elementary 758
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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