California school district spending and test scores

Three Rivers 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 Three Rivers Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,958   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

792   Median: 783

$6,958 spent per student ($1.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mountain View Elementary $6,977
Plumas Lake Elementary $6,976
Willows Unified $6,959
Three Rivers Union Elementary $6,958
Cutten Elementary $6,923
Menifee Union Elementary $6,919
Brentwood Union Elementary $6,918
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Dunsmuir Elementary (146.50) $10,517
Blue Lake Union Elementary (143.90) $10,212
Valley Home Joint Elementary (149.40) $8,540
Butteville Union Elementary (145.30) $7,835
Trinidad Union Elementary (147.50) $7,804
Clear Creek Elementary (148.80) $7,062
Three Rivers Union Elementary (146.80) $6,958
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified $8,950
Woodlake Union Elementary $8,802
Exeter Union High $8,054
Springville Union Elementary $7,669
Exeter Union Elementary $7,005
Three Rivers Union Elementary $6,958
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792 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rockford Elementary 792
San Jose Unified 792
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Shoreline Unified 792
Rowland Unified 792
Middletown Unified 791
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Valley Home Joint Elementary (149.40) 852
Clear Creek Elementary (148.80) 829
Trinidad Union Elementary (147.50) 829
Three Rivers Union Elementary (146.80) 792
Butteville Union Elementary (145.30) 790
Blue Lake Union Elementary (143.90) 768
Dunsmuir Elementary (146.50) 680
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Springville Union Elementary 812
Sequoia Union Elementary 799
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Exeter Union High 745
Lone Pine Unified 738
Woodlake Union Elementary 711
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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