California school district spending and test scores

Strathmore 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 Strathmore Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,607   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

751   Median: 783

$7,607 spent per student ($5.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Castaic Union Elementary $7,615
Alvina Elementary $7,612
Byron Union Elementary $7,609
Strathmore Union Elementary $7,607
Irvine Unified $7,606
Placerville Union Elementary $7,605
Brawley Elementary $7,605
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Bret Harte Union High (777.20) $13,295
Chawanakee Unified (730.90) $11,287
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) $9,652
Woodlake Union High (748.90) $9,470
Planada Elementary (766.00) $8,477
Strathmore Union Elementary (763.50) $7,607
Oak Grove Union Elementary (787.80) $7,427
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Citrus South Tule Elementary $12,381
Porterville Unified $8,564
Lindsay Unified $8,272
Exeter Union High $8,054
Sunnyside Union Elementary $7,872
Springville Union Elementary $7,669
Strathmore Union Elementary $7,607
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751 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Natomas Unified 751
Robla Elementary 751
Dixon Unified 751
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Brawley Elementary 751
Arcohe Union Elementary 751
Le Grand Union Elementary 751
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) 849
Oak Grove Union Elementary (787.80) 843
Chawanakee Unified (730.90) 764
Bret Harte Union High (777.20) 763
Strathmore Union Elementary (763.50) 751
Planada Elementary (766.00) 739
Woodlake Union High (748.90) 668
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Springville Union Elementary 812
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Strathmore Union Elementary 751
Exeter Union High 745
Porterville Unified 743
Sunnyside Union Elementary 708
Lindsay Unified 658
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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