California school district spending and test scores

Springville Union 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 Springville Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,669   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

812   Median: 783

$7,669 spent per student ($2.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
Foresthill Union Elementary $7,670
Springville Union Elementary $7,669
Kingsburg Joint Union High $7,665
Saugus Union Elementary $7,663
Burbank Unified $7,659
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) $10,941
Upper Lake Union High (348.00) $10,785
Pacific Union Elementary (345.60) $8,430
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary (337.10) $8,023
Chualar Union Elementary (338.60) $7,828
Springville Union Elementary (340.30) $7,669
Sequoia Union Elementary (346.80) $6,324
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
Citrus South Tule Elementary $12,381
Porterville Unified $8,564
Exeter Union High $8,054
Springville Union Elementary $7,669
Strathmore Union Elementary $7,607
Exeter Union Elementary $7,005
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812 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
Douglas City Elementary 812
Chino Valley Unified 812
Springville Union Elementary 812
Galt Joint Union Elementary 811
Shiloh Elementary 811
Fullerton Joint Union High 811
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary (337.10) 841
Springville Union Elementary (340.30) 812
Pacific Union Elementary (345.60) 800
Sequoia Union Elementary (346.80) 799
Chualar Union Elementary (338.60) 716
La Honda-Pescadero Unified (336.80) 713
Upper Lake Union High (348.00) 685
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Springville Union Elementary 812
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Exeter Union High 745
Porterville Unified 743
Lone Pine Unified 738
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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