California school district spending and test scores

Trinity Alps Unified 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 Trinity Alps Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,365   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$10,365 spent per student ($7.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Two Rock Union Elementary $10,406
Happy Valley Elementary $10,387
Trinity Alps Unified $10,365
Latrobe Elementary $10,363
Silver Valley Unified $10,360
Mill Valley Elementary $10,357
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) $16,981
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) $10,410
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) $10,365
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) $9,631
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) $8,032
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) $7,296
Sonora Elementary (704.90) $7,184
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Forks of Salmon Elementary $23,037
Trinity Center Elementary $21,220
Lewiston Elementary $13,147
Junction City Elementary $11,064
Douglas City Elementary $10,726
Trinity Alps Unified $10,365

759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Winters Joint Unified 759
Morongo Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Trinity Alps Unified 759
Kingsburg Joint Union High 759
Montague Elementary 759
Palermo Union Elementary 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) 949
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) 931
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) 845
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) 845
Sonora Elementary (704.90) 834
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) 759
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) 725
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Trinity Center Elementary N/A
Forks of Salmon Elementary N/A
Douglas City Elementary 812
Lewiston Elementary 797
Trinity Alps Unified 759
Junction City Elementary 728
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