California school district spending and test scores

Rockford 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 Rockford Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,598   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

792   Median: 783

$7,598 spent per student ($2.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Waugh Elementary $7,600
Pleasanton Unified $7,599
Culver City Unified $7,599
Rockford Elementary $7,598
Antelope Elementary $7,595
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified $7,592
Cupertino Union Elementary $7,590
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Elementary (334.90) $16,240
Mountain Valley Unified (323.40) $12,630
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) $10,941
West Park Elementary (318.90) $9,573
American Union Elementary (332.00) $8,392
Lakeside Union Elementary (328.20) $8,228
Rockford Elementary (329.50) $7,598
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Terra Bella Union Elementary $8,624
Porterville Unified $8,564
Woodville Union Elementary $8,388
Pleasant View Elementary $8,227
Sunnyside Union Elementary $7,872
Burton Elementary $7,737
Rockford Elementary $7,598
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792 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
San Jose Unified 792
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
Rockford Elementary 792
Shoreline Unified 792
Rowland Unified 792
Lincoln Elementary 791
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ross Elementary (334.90) 939
Rockford Elementary (329.50) 792
Mountain Valley Unified (323.40) 754
American Union Elementary (332.00) 743
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) 713
West Park Elementary (318.90) 628
Lakeside Union Elementary (328.20) 621
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rockford Elementary 792
Burton Elementary 774
Porterville Unified 743
Woodville Union Elementary 720
Terra Bella Union Elementary 715
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
Pleasant View Elementary 701
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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