California school district spending and test scores

Washington 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 Washington Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,975   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

741   Median: 783

$7,975 spent per student ($54.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Liberty Elementary $7,990
Colusa Unified $7,985
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary $7,978
Washington Unified $7,975
Novato Unified $7,974
Banta Elementary $7,973
Arcohe Union Elementary $7,963
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Luis Coastal Unified (6,713.10) $9,781
Washington Unified (6,792.50) $7,975
Claremont Unified (6,895.20) $7,581
Liberty Union High (6,751.90) $7,519
Huntington Beach City Elementary (6,620.60) $7,178
Glendora Unified (6,815.50) $7,130
Newhall Elementary (6,850.10) $7,056
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Davis Joint Unified $8,487
Washington Unified $7,975
Woodland Joint Unified $7,646
Natomas Unified $7,302

741 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Julian Union High 741
Butte Valley Unified 741
Los Banos Unified 741
Washington Unified 741
San Benito High 740
Bellevue Union Elementary 740
Luther Burbank Elementary 740
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Newhall Elementary (6,850.10) 896
Huntington Beach City Elementary (6,620.60) 889
Glendora Unified (6,815.50) 854
San Luis Coastal Unified (6,713.10) 830
Claremont Unified (6,895.20) 819
Liberty Union High (6,751.90) 747
Washington Unified (6,792.50) 741
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Davis Joint Unified 877
Sacramento City Unified 753
Natomas Unified 751
Washington Unified 741
Woodland Joint Unified 733
River Delta Joint Unified 728
Twin Rivers Unified 725
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