California school district spending and test scores

Tulare City 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 Tulare City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,174   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

772   Median: 783

$7,174 spent per student ($63.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Yuba City Unified $7,180
Union Hill Elementary $7,178
Huntington Beach City Elementary $7,178
Tulare City Elementary $7,174
Liberty Elementary $7,168
Pleasant Valley School $7,167
Evergreen Union Elementary $7,147
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Perris Union High (8,918.90) $8,601
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) $8,047
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) $7,800
South San Francisco Unified (8,950.00) $7,680
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified (8,982.00) $7,592
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) $7,350
Tulare City Elementary (8,776.20) $7,174
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Woodville Union Elementary $8,388
Tipton Elementary $8,229
Sunnyside Union Elementary $7,872
Buena Vista Elementary $7,711
Palo Verde Union Elementary $7,321
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Tulare City Elementary $7,174
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772 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Windsor Unified 772
Franklin-McKinley Elementary 772
Calipatria Unified 772
Tulare City Elementary 772
El Centro Elementary 772
Duarte Unified 772
Ducor Union Elementary 771
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
South San Francisco Unified (8,950.00) 808
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) 798
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) 789
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified (8,982.00) 783
Tulare City Elementary (8,776.20) 772
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) 759
Perris Union High (8,918.90) 727
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sundale Union Elementary 845
Oak Valley Union Elementary 802
Buena Vista Elementary 781
Tulare City Elementary 772
Tipton Elementary 765
Palo Verde Union Elementary 764
Liberty Elementary 743
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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