California school district spending and test scores

Waukena Joint 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 Waukena Joint Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,074   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

679   Median: 783

$6,074 spent per student ($1.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Norris Elementary $6,112
Capay Joint Union Elementary $6,108
Richmond Elementary $6,092
Waukena Joint Union Elementary $6,074
Lake Elementary $6,019
Franklin Elementary $5,887
Plainsburg Union Elementary $5,874
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Cuyama Joint Unified (249.80) $10,329
North Cow Creek Elementary (263.70) $8,669
Shaffer Union Elementary (256.70) $8,362
Liberty Elementary (256.10) $7,168
Island Union Elementary (258.30) $7,016
Maple Elementary (261.40) $6,248
Waukena Joint Union Elementary (257.10) $6,074
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Kit Carson Union Elementary $9,173
Corcoran Joint Unified $8,458
Lakeside Union Elementary $8,228
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Buena Vista Elementary $7,711
Palo Verde Union Elementary $7,321
Oak Valley Union Elementary $6,800
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679 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mcfarland Unified 680
Compton Unified 679
Richland Union Elementary 679
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
Westwood Unified 678
Caliente Union Elementary 677
Pixley Union Elementary 677
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
North Cow Creek Elementary (263.70) 890
Island Union Elementary (258.30) 828
Maple Elementary (261.40) 775
Shaffer Union Elementary (256.70) 753
Liberty Elementary (256.10) 743
Cuyama Joint Unified (249.80) 720
Waukena Joint Union Elementary (257.10) 679
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Oak Valley Union Elementary 802
Buena Vista Elementary 781
Palo Verde Union Elementary 764
Kit Carson Union Elementary 760
Corcoran Joint Unified 725
Hanford Joint Union High 707
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
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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