California school district spending and test scores

Wheatland 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 Wheatland Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,461   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

823   Median: 783

$10,461 spent per student ($11.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Dunsmuir Elementary $10,517
Burrel Union Elementary $10,509
Cayucos Elementary $10,493
Wheatland Elementary $10,461
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Yreka Union High $10,434
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union High (1,073.60) $10,940
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) $10,535
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) $10,461
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) $8,054
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) $7,718
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) $7,360
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) $7,357
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Wheatland Elementary $10,461
Ready Springs Union Elementary $10,278
East Nicolaus Joint Union High $9,397
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Pleasant Valley Elementary $8,107
Marysville Joint Unified $7,916
Western Placer Unified $7,914
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823 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary 823
Ripon Unified 823
Wheatland Elementary 823
Livermore Valley Joint Unified 822
Golden Valley Unified 822
ABC Unified 822
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Valle Lindo Elementary (1,103.50) 824
Wheatland Elementary (1,075.20) 823
Fall River Joint Unified (1,066.80) 780
Susanville Elementary (1,068.00) 752
Exeter Union High (1,079.30) 745
Edison Elementary (1,091.30) 713
Washington Union High (1,073.60) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pleasant Ridge Union Elementary 857
Browns Elementary 853
Clear Creek Elementary 829
Wheatland Elementary 823
Pleasant Valley Elementary 819
Western Placer Unified 816
Nevada Joint Union High 801
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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