California school district spending and test scores

Westside 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 Westside Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,920   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

710   Median: 783

$9,920 spent per student ($2.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary $9,941
Junction Elementary $9,936
West Fresno Elementary $9,934
Westside Elementary $9,920
Cinnabar Elementary $9,898
King City Joint Union High $9,893
San Diego Unified $9,855
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Westwood Unified (245.50) $11,102
Westside Elementary (243.50) $9,920
Sunol Glen Unified (242.70) $8,416
Pond Union Elementary (239.30) $7,183
Richfield Elementary (246.80) $7,112
Semitropic Elementary (245.80) $6,651
Southside Elementary (241.60) $6,409
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Burrel Union Elementary $10,509
Westside Elementary $9,920
Riverdale Joint Unified $8,578
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245

710 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Colton Joint Unified 710
Colusa Unified 710
Montebello Unified 710
Westside Elementary 710
Denair Unified 710
Southern Kern Unified 709
Los Angeles Unified 709
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Sunol Glen Unified (242.70) 909
Southside Elementary (241.60) 894
Richfield Elementary (246.80) 858
Pond Union Elementary (239.30) 816
Westside Elementary (243.50) 710
Semitropic Elementary (245.80) 681
Westwood Unified (245.50) 678
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Westside Elementary 710
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified 697
Burrel Union Elementary 687
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