California school district spending and test scores

Twain Harte-Long Barn 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 Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,718   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

832   Median: 783

$9,718 spent per student ($2.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Traver Joint Elementary $9,763
Dixie Elementary $9,761
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
San Francisco Unified $9,715
South Bay Union Elementary $9,694
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Butte Valley Unified (295.10) $11,802
Alpaugh Unified (303.70) $10,751
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary (301.90) $9,718
Orange Center Elementary (303.60) $9,264
Lassen View Union Elementary (299.50) $8,222
Somis Union Elementary (305.40) $7,899
Ballico-Cressey Elementary (296.50) $7,635
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpine County Unified $29,954
Eastern Sierra Unified $22,998
Bret Harte Union High $13,295
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
Vallecito Union Elementary $9,652
Sonora Union High $9,338
Belleview Elementary $9,218
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832 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Franklin Elementary 832
Burbank Unified 832
Kirkwood Elementary 832
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary 832
Jefferson Elementary 832
Rio Dell Elementary 831
Campbell Union Elementary 831
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lassen View Union Elementary (299.50) 879
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary (301.90) 832
Ballico-Cressey Elementary (296.50) 787
Somis Union Elementary (305.40) 760
Butte Valley Unified (295.10) 741
Orange Center Elementary (303.60) 708
Alpaugh Unified (303.70) 683
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Vallecito Union Elementary 849
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Belleview Elementary 834
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary 832
Summerville Elementary 829
Soulsbyville Elementary 813
Alpine County Unified 778
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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