California school district spending and test scores

Terra Bella 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 Terra Bella Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,624   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

715   Median: 783

$8,624 spent per student ($7.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Juan Unified $8,638
El Monte Union High $8,633
Alameda City Unified $8,630
Terra Bella Union Elementary $8,624
Santa Barbara School Districts $8,619
Gateway Unified $8,617
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Lassen Union High (906.60) $9,431
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) $8,624
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) $8,384
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary (861.90) $7,978
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary (852.30) $7,861
Vineland Elementary (852.20) $7,745
Waugh Elementary (894.10) $7,600
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hot Springs Elementary $24,183
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Earlimart Elementary $9,099
Saucelito Elementary $8,757
Terra Bella Union Elementary $8,624
Porterville Unified $8,564
Pleasant View Elementary $8,227
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715 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Armona Union Elementary 715
Oxnard Elementary 715
Riverbank Unified 715
Terra Bella Union Elementary 715
Taft Union High 715
San Jacinto Unified 715
Warner Unified 714
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Waugh Elementary (894.10) 903
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary (852.30) 801
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary (861.90) 794
Lassen Union High (906.60) 734
Terra Bella Union Elementary (878.10) 715
Chowchilla Union High (887.10) 711
Vineland Elementary (852.20) 617
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rockford Elementary 792
Saucelito Elementary 777
Ducor Union Elementary 771
Delano Joint Union High 748
Porterville Unified 743
Terra Bella Union Elementary 715
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