California school district spending and test scores

Semitropic 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 Semitropic Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,651   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

681   Median: 783

$6,651 spent per student ($1.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Roseville City Elementary $6,697
Loomis Union Elementary $6,691
McSwain Union Elementary $6,667
Semitropic Elementary $6,651
Manteca Unified $6,622
Johnstonville Elementary $6,611
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary $6,605
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Westwood Unified (245.50) $11,102
Cuyama Joint Unified (249.80) $10,329
Westside Elementary (243.50) $9,920
Sunol Glen Unified (242.70) $8,416
Liberty Elementary (256.10) $7,168
Richfield Elementary (246.80) $7,112
Semitropic Elementary (245.80) $6,651
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Kern Union High $9,109
Buttonwillow Union Elementary $8,176
Lost Hills Union Elementary $8,029
Wasco Union Elementary $7,745
Pond Union Elementary $7,183
Semitropic Elementary $6,651

681 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Gonzales Unified 682
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified 682
Konocti Unified 681
Semitropic Elementary 681
Mcfarland Unified 680
Dunsmuir Elementary 680
Waukena Joint Union Elementary 679
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Sunol Glen Unified (242.70) 909
Richfield Elementary (246.80) 858
Liberty Elementary (256.10) 743
Cuyama Joint Unified (249.80) 720
Westside Elementary (243.50) 710
Semitropic Elementary (245.80) 681
Westwood Unified (245.50) 678
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pond Union Elementary 816
Lost Hills Union Elementary 749
Delano Joint Union High 748
Kern Union High 708
Wasco Union Elementary 692
Semitropic Elementary 681
Buttonwillow Union Elementary 670
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