California school district spending and test scores

Woodlake 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 Woodlake Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,802   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

711   Median: 783

$8,802 spent per student ($13.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mountain View-Whisman Elementary $8,818
Healdsburg Unified $8,809
Sebastopol Union Elementary $8,809
Woodlake Union Elementary $8,802
Happy Valley Union Elementary $8,801
Victor Valley Union High $8,801
Lake Tahoe Unified $8,800
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sierra Unified (1,500.20) $10,845
Northern Humboldt Union High (1,475.30) $9,326
Woodlake Union Elementary (1,499.90) $8,802
Lakeport Unified (1,487.80) $8,372
Santa Paula Union High (1,476.90) $8,208
Middletown Unified (1,510.80) $8,043
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary (1,516.50) $7,626
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified $8,950
Woodlake Union Elementary $8,802
Exeter Union High $8,054
Visalia Unified $7,428
Stone Corral Elementary $7,092
Exeter Union Elementary $7,005
Three Rivers Union Elementary $6,958
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711 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fresno Unified 711
Chowchilla Union High 711
Inglewood Unified 711
Woodlake Union Elementary 711
Denair Unified 710
Montebello Unified 710
Colusa Unified 710
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary (1,516.50) 857
Sierra Unified (1,500.20) 813
Middletown Unified (1,510.80) 791
Northern Humboldt Union High (1,475.30) 787
Lakeport Unified (1,487.80) 779
Woodlake Union Elementary (1,499.90) 711
Santa Paula Union High (1,476.90) 705
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sequoia Union Elementary 799
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Visalia Unified 759
Exeter Union High 745
Woodlake Union Elementary 711
Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified 665
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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