California school district spending and test scores

Seeley 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 Seeley Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,193   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

714   Median: 783

$9,193 spent per student ($3.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Farmersville Unified $9,223
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Fresno Unified $9,199
Seeley Union Elementary $9,193
Moreland Elementary $9,183
Willits Unified $9,182
Gazelle Union Elementary $9,178
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Seeley Union Elementary (399.70) $9,193
Kit Carson Union Elementary (401.70) $9,173
Bayshore Elementary (404.70) $8,884
Bella Vista Elementary (392.80) $8,258
Le Grand Union Elementary (398.00) $8,216
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary (405.00) $8,040
Sunnyside Union Elementary (396.10) $7,872
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Seeley Union Elementary $9,193
Imperial Unified $7,109
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330

714 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ukiah Unified 714
Warner Unified 714
Wilsona Elementary 714
Seeley Union Elementary 714
La Honda-Pescadero Unified 713
Pajaro Valley Unified 713
Edison Elementary 713
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Bella Vista Elementary (392.80) 814
Kit Carson Union Elementary (401.70) 760
Le Grand Union Elementary (398.00) 751
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary (405.00) 725
Bayshore Elementary (404.70) 720
Seeley Union Elementary (399.70) 714
Sunnyside Union Elementary (396.10) 708
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Mccabe Union Elementary 864
Imperial Unified 815
Seeley Union Elementary 714
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