California school district spending and test scores

Allensworth 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 Allensworth Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,179   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

608   Median: 783

$10,179 spent per student ($766,409 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mammoth Unified $10,253
Blue Lake Union Elementary $10,212
Raisin City Elementary $10,183
Allensworth Elementary $10,179
San Bernardino City Unified $10,175
Central Union Elementary $10,172
El Nido Elementary $10,156
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pioneer Union Elementary (78.60) $14,292
Caliente Union Elementary (74.30) $13,643
Mountain Union Elementary (71.70) $12,731
Big Springs Union Elementary (74.30) $12,569
Junction City Elementary (77.80) $11,064
Allensworth Elementary (75.30) $10,179
McCloud Union Elementary (76.20) $9,549
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Allensworth Elementary $10,179
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Pond Union Elementary $7,183

608 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Reef-Sunset Unified 614
Pioneer Union Elementary 613
Desert Center Unified 611
Allensworth Elementary 608
San Ardo Union Elementary 602
Round Valley Unified 566
Stone Corral Elementary 562
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
McCloud Union Elementary (76.20) 819
Mountain Union Elementary (71.70) 736
Junction City Elementary (77.80) 728
Big Springs Union Elementary (74.30) 708
Caliente Union Elementary (74.30) 677
Pioneer Union Elementary (78.60) 613
Allensworth Elementary (75.30) 608
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pond Union Elementary 816
Alpaugh Unified 683
Earlimart Elementary 675
Allensworth Elementary 608
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