California school district spending and test scores

Burnt Ranch 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 Burnt Ranch Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$11,000   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

862   Median: 783

$11,000 spent per student ($1.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Junction City Elementary $11,064
Mckittrick Elementary $11,050
Menlo Park City Elementary $11,033
Burnt Ranch Elementary $11,000
Richgrove Elementary $10,998
Oakland Unified $10,958
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oro Grande Elementary (93.60) $33,673
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary (97.00) $27,794
Twin Ridges Elementary (92.10) $18,518
Blochman Union Elementary (94.90) $11,493
Burnt Ranch Elementary (93.80) $11,000
Burrel Union Elementary (92.90) $10,509
Mission Union Elementary (96.50) $9,068
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Maple Creek Elementary $29,460
Cox Bar Elementary $26,617
Forks of Salmon Elementary $23,037
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Mountain Valley Unified $12,630
Burnt Ranch Elementary $11,000
Northern Humboldt Union High $9,326

862 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Capistrano Unified 862
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Lammersville Elementary 862
Tamalpais Union High 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Burnt Ranch Elementary (93.80) 862
Mission Union Elementary (96.50) 839
Oro Grande Elementary (93.60) 829
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary (97.00) 816
Blochman Union Elementary (94.90) 803
Burrel Union Elementary (92.90) 687
Twin Ridges Elementary (92.10) 665
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Cox Bar Elementary N/A
Forks of Salmon Elementary N/A
Maple Creek Elementary N/A
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Northern Humboldt Union High 787
Mountain Valley Unified 754
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified 682
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