California school district spending and test scores

El Segundo 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 El Segundo Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,733   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

881   Median: 783

$7,733 spent per student ($24.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Las Virgenes Unified $7,742
Gold Oak Union Elementary $7,737
Burton Elementary $7,737
El Segundo Unified $7,733
Reeds Creek Elementary $7,728
West Side Union Elementary $7,727
Columbia Elementary $7,719
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Del Norte County Unified (3,224.10) $10,071
Cabrillo Unified (3,214.40) $8,512
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) $8,350
Southern Kern Unified (3,146.40) $7,935
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) $7,733
Arvin Union Elementary (3,158.40) $7,495
Walnut Creek Elementary (3,197.90) $7,345
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Centinela Valley Union High $9,366
El Segundo Unified $7,733
Manhattan Beach Unified $7,467
Wiseburn Elementary $6,884

881 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Las Virgenes Unified 882
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary 881
Placer Hills Union Elementary 881
El Segundo Unified 881
Millbrae Elementary 880
Camino Union Elementary 880
Manzanita Elementary 879
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) 949
Walnut Creek Elementary (3,197.90) 907
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) 881
Cabrillo Unified (3,214.40) 785
Del Norte County Unified (3,224.10) 750
Southern Kern Unified (3,146.40) 709
Arvin Union Elementary (3,158.40) 706
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Manhattan Beach Unified 926
El Segundo Unified 881
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Los Angeles Unified 709
Centinela Valley Union High 644
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