California school district spending and test scores

Sierra Sands Unified 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 Sierra Sands Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,283   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

788   Median: 783

$8,283 spent per student ($41.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Wilmar Union Elementary $8,293
Montebello Unified $8,292
Huntington Beach Union High $8,284
Sierra Sands Unified $8,283
Mt. Pleasant Elementary $8,278
Palermo Union Elementary $8,278
Lindsay Unified $8,272
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) $8,283
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) $8,034
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) $7,836
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) $7,447
Travis Unified (5,019.20) $7,409
Oakdale Joint Unified (4,999.40) $7,367
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) $6,176
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Hot Springs Elementary $24,183
Trona Joint Unified $14,915
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
South Fork Union Elementary $9,326
Kern Union High $9,109
Sierra Sands Unified $8,283
Barstow Unified $8,096
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788 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lincoln Unified 788
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
Charter Oak Unified 788
San Juan Unified 788
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Travis Unified (5,019.20) 816
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) 815
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) 811
Oakdale Joint Unified (4,999.40) 794
Sierra Sands Unified (5,060.70) 788
Windsor Unified (5,057.10) 772
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) 730
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sierra Sands Unified 788
South Fork Union Elementary 755
Lone Pine Unified 738
Barstow Unified 734
Trona Joint Unified 708
Kern Union High 708
Hot Springs Elementary 692
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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