California school district spending and test scores

Vallecito Union 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 Vallecito Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,652   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

849   Median: 783

$9,652 spent per student ($7.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Francisco Unified $9,715
South Bay Union Elementary $9,694
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Vallecito Union Elementary $9,652
Santa Clara Unified $9,647
Cardiff Elementary $9,631
Bend Elementary $9,597
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Emery Unified (726.90) $13,680
Chawanakee Unified (730.90) $11,287
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) $9,652
Woodlake Union High (748.90) $9,470
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) $8,809
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) $8,254
Strathmore Union Elementary (763.50) $7,607
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Alpine County Unified $29,954
Summerville Union High $11,266
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
Vallecito Union Elementary $9,652
Sonora Union High $9,338
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Calaveras Unified $7,429
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849 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Pacific Elementary 850
Tustin Unified 850
Mother Lode Union Elementary 849
Vallecito Union Elementary 849
Knightsen Elementary 848
Templeton Unified 848
Freshwater Elementary 848
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) 849
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) 792
Chawanakee Unified (730.90) 764
Strathmore Union Elementary (763.50) 751
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) 728
Emery Unified (726.90) 709
Woodlake Union High (748.90) 668
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Vallecito Union Elementary 849
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary 832
Summerville Union High 797
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
Amador County Unified 787
Calaveras Unified 782
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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