California school district spending and test scores

Davis Joint Unified 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 Davis Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,487   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

877   Median: 783

$8,487 spent per student ($65.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Oceanside Unified $8,492
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Santa Clara Elementary $8,488
Davis Joint Unified $8,487
Lakeside Union Elementary $8,478
Planada Elementary $8,477
Shasta Union Elementary $8,475
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sequoia Union High (7,602.40) $12,273
Calexico Unified (7,868.90) $8,668
Escondido Union High (7,641.80) $8,517
Davis Joint Unified (7,750.70) $8,487
Hueneme Elementary (7,730.80) $7,877
Sylvan Union Elementary (7,773.60) $7,054
Beaumont Unified (7,846.70) $6,764
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Davis Joint Unified $8,487
Winters Joint Unified $8,198
Washington Unified $7,975
Woodland Joint Unified $7,646
Dixon Unified $6,287

877 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
San Dieguito Union High 877
Pacific Grove Unified 877
Cypress Elementary 877
Davis Joint Unified 877
Wilmar Union Elementary 876
Fremont Union High 875
Plaza Elementary 875
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Davis Joint Unified (7,750.70) 877
Sylvan Union Elementary (7,773.60) 824
Beaumont Unified (7,846.70) 786
Sequoia Union High (7,602.40) 780
Escondido Union High (7,641.80) 724
Hueneme Elementary (7,730.80) 721
Calexico Unified (7,868.90) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Davis Joint Unified 877
Winters Joint Unified 759
Dixon Unified 751
Washington Unified 741
Woodland Joint Unified 733
River Delta Joint Unified 728
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