California school district spending and test scores

South Whittier 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 Whittier Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,768   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

720   Median: 783

$7,768 spent per student ($27.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Escalon Unified $7,779
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary $7,778
Alvord Unified $7,775
South Whittier Elementary $7,768
Ocean View Elementary $7,766
Lompoc Unified $7,755
Paradise Elementary $7,754
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) $15,100
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) $10,310
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) $8,800
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) $7,907
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) $7,768
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) $7,717
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) $7,605
Spending per student in adjacent districts
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified $8,301
Los Nietos Elementary $8,222
Little Lake City Elementary $7,793
South Whittier Elementary $7,768

720 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oxnard Union High 720
Woodville Union Elementary 720
Fillmore Unified 720
South Whittier Elementary 720
Bayshore Elementary 720
Cuyama Joint Unified 720
Oakland Unified 719
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Goleta Union Elementary (3,563.40) 865
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) 862
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) 781
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) 751
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) 720
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) 720
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) 707
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
East Whittier City Elementary 824
Little Lake City Elementary 807
Los Nietos Elementary 770
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified 754
South Whittier Elementary 720
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