California school district spending and test scores

Alpaugh 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 Alpaugh Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,751   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

683   Median: 783

$10,751 spent per student ($3.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sierra Unified $10,845
Maricopa Unified $10,844
Upper Lake Union High $10,785
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified $10,750
Douglas City Elementary $10,726
Scott Valley Unified $10,703
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alpaugh Unified (303.70) $10,751
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary (301.90) $9,718
Orange Center Elementary (303.60) $9,264
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary (315.90) $9,235
Lassen View Union Elementary (299.50) $8,222
Freshwater Elementary (309.20) $7,927
Somis Union Elementary (305.40) $7,899
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpaugh Unified $10,751
Allensworth Elementary $10,179
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Tulare Joint Union High $9,473
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Pixley Union Elementary $7,367
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683 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Coachella Valley Unified 685
Upper Lake Union High 685
Oak Run Elementary 683
Alpaugh Unified 683
Richgrove Elementary 682
Gonzales Unified 682
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified 682
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary (315.90) 881
Lassen View Union Elementary (299.50) 879
Freshwater Elementary (309.20) 848
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary (301.90) 832
Somis Union Elementary (305.40) 760
Orange Center Elementary (303.60) 708
Alpaugh Unified (303.70) 683
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pond Union Elementary 816
Delano Joint Union High 748
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Tulare Joint Union High 718
Alpaugh Unified 683
Pixley Union Elementary 677
Earlimart Elementary 675
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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