California school district spending and test scores

Winters 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 Winters Joint Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,198   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

759   Median: 783

$8,198 spent per student ($13.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Desert Sands Unified $8,203
Hemet Unified $8,199
Mt. Diablo Unified $8,199
Winters Joint Unified $8,198
La Canada Unified $8,197
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Willits Unified (1,580.20) $9,182
Wasco Union High (1,631.00) $8,704
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) $8,451
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) $8,270
Winters Joint Unified (1,591.10) $8,198
Nuview Union Elementary (1,569.00) $7,488
Willows Unified (1,590.90) $6,959
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Davis Joint Unified $8,487
Winters Joint Unified $8,198
Esparto Unified $8,082
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Woodland Joint Unified $7,646
Vacaville Unified $6,876
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759 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Morongo Unified 759
Delhi Unified 759
Brittan Elementary 759
Winters Joint Unified 759
Palermo Union Elementary 759
Montague Elementary 759
Trinity Alps Unified 759
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Nuview Union Elementary (1,569.00) 771
Winters Joint Unified (1,591.10) 759
Holtville Unified (1,631.70) 735
Willows Unified (1,590.90) 731
Kelseyville Unified (1,619.60) 725
Willits Unified (1,580.20) 716
Wasco Union High (1,631.00) 690
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Davis Joint Unified 877
Saint Helena Unified 793
Napa Valley Unified 776
Vacaville Unified 769
Winters Joint Unified 759
Dixon Unified 751
Esparto Unified 736
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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