California school district spending and test scores

Buena Vista 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 Buena Vista Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,711   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

781   Median: 783

$7,711 spent per student ($1.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Winship-Robbins School District $7,715
Wilsona Elementary $7,714
Millville Elementary $7,712
Buena Vista Elementary $7,711
San Leandro Unified $7,709
Scotia Union Elementary $7,690
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Warner Unified (184.90) $15,338
Two Rock Union Elementary (177.80) $10,406
Merced River Union Elementary (180.30) $9,498
Monroe Elementary (180.40) $8,465
Winship-Robbins School District (176.60) $7,715
Buena Vista Elementary (179.70) $7,711
General Shafter Elementary (178.90) $6,912
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Buena Vista Elementary $7,711
Palo Verde Union Elementary $7,321
Tulare City Elementary $7,174
Oak Valley Union Elementary $6,800
Waukena Joint Union Elementary $6,074

781 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Outside Creek Elementary 781
Riverside Unified 781
South Bay Union Elementary 781
Buena Vista Elementary 781
Carpinteria Unified 781
Lake Tahoe Unified 781
Grass Valley Elementary 780
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Two Rock Union Elementary (177.80) 866
Monroe Elementary (180.40) 783
Buena Vista Elementary (179.70) 781
Merced River Union Elementary (180.30) 749
Winship-Robbins School District (176.60) 736
Warner Unified (184.90) 714
General Shafter Elementary (178.90) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oak Valley Union Elementary 802
Buena Vista Elementary 781
Tulare City Elementary 772
Palo Verde Union Elementary 764
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
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