California school district spending and test scores

Esparto 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 Esparto Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,082   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

736   Median: 783

$8,082 spent per student ($8.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fallbrook Union Elementary $8,084
Oxnard Union High $8,084
Ojai Unified $8,082
Esparto Unified $8,082
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Taft Union High (969.80) $21,932
Santa Ynez Valley Union High (1,004.00) $9,547
Corning Union High (992.90) $9,001
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) $8,429
Esparto Unified (1,003.60) $8,082
Durham Unified (1,020.00) $7,544
Placer Hills Union Elementary (1,019.80) $7,121
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Konocti Unified $9,053
Winters Joint Unified $8,198
Esparto Unified $8,082
Woodland Joint Unified $7,646
Pierce Joint Unified $7,428
Williams Unified $7,283

736 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lemoore Union High 736
Winship-Robbins School District 736
East Side Union High 736
Esparto Unified 736
Marysville Joint Unified 736
Mountain Union Elementary 736
Pope Valley Union Elementary 736
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Placer Hills Union Elementary (1,019.80) 881
Santa Ynez Valley Union High (1,004.00) 836
Cottonwood Union Elementary (967.90) 816
Durham Unified (1,020.00) 795
Esparto Unified (1,003.60) 736
Taft Union High (969.80) 715
Corning Union High (992.90) 697
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified 793
Winters Joint Unified 759
Pierce Joint Unified 737
Esparto Unified 736
Woodland Joint Unified 733
Williams Unified 726
Konocti Unified 681
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