California school district spending and test scores

Richgrove 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 Richgrove Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,998   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

682   Median: 783

$10,998 spent per student ($7.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
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
Washington Union High $10,940
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) $14,028
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) $10,998
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) $10,410
Wheatland Union High (686.00) $8,378
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) $8,032
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) $7,340
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) $7,296
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Richgrove Elementary $10,998
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Ducor Union Elementary $8,123
Delano Union Elementary $8,086
Columbine Elementary $6,712

682 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Alpaugh Unified 683
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified 682
Gonzales Unified 682
Richgrove Elementary 682
Semitropic Elementary 681
Konocti Unified 681
Mcfarland Unified 680
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) 845
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) 845
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary (687.10) 808
Wheatland Union High (686.00) 733
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) 725
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) 682
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Columbine Elementary 878
Ducor Union Elementary 771
Delano Union Elementary 740
Richgrove Elementary 682
Earlimart Elementary 675
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