California school district spending and test scores

South Bay 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 South Bay Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,694   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

756   Median: 783

$9,694 spent per student ($3.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
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
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary (386.50) $11,201
South Bay Union Elementary (383.60) $9,694
Maxwell Unified (389.00) $9,404
Westmorland Union Elementary (371.20) $8,704
Buttonwillow Union Elementary (372.30) $8,176
Pioneer Union Elementary (379.50) $8,127
Gerber Union Elementary (385.60) $8,091
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Peninsula Union Elementary $11,937
South Bay Union Elementary $9,694
Garfield Elementary $9,559
Loleta Union Elementary $9,331
Northern Humboldt Union High $9,326
Fortuna Union High $8,515
Eureka City Unified $8,469
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756 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Corning Union Elementary 756
Livingston Union Elementary 756
Tracy Joint Unified 756
South Bay Union Elementary 756
Bridgeville Elementary 756
Mt. Pleasant Elementary 756
Whittier City Elementary 755
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Loma Prieta Joint Union Elementary (386.50) 935
Pioneer Union Elementary (379.50) 839
Maxwell Unified (389.00) 776
Gerber Union Elementary (385.60) 758
South Bay Union Elementary (383.60) 756
Westmorland Union Elementary (371.20) 695
Buttonwillow Union Elementary (372.30) 670
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Garfield Elementary 922
Hydesville Elementary 870
Cutten Elementary 844
Rohnerville Elementary 797
Northern Humboldt Union High 787
Fortuna Union Elementary 770
Eureka City Unified 766
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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