California school district spending and test scores

Westside 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 Westside Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,464   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

829   Median: 783

$6,464 spent per student ($53.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Gravenstein Union Elementary $6,479
Jefferson Elementary $6,478
Ackerman Elementary $6,474
Westside Union Elementary $6,464
Oak View Union Elementary $6,454
Southside Elementary $6,409
Ripon Unified $6,394
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) $7,709
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) $7,680
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) $7,360
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) $7,264
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) $6,916
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) $6,895
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) $6,464
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary $9,235
Kern Union High $9,109
Southern Kern Unified $7,935
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Saugus Union Elementary $7,663
Palmdale Elementary $7,615
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829 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Trinidad Union Elementary 829
Chicago Park Elementary 829
Clear Creek Elementary 829
Westside Union Elementary 829
Summerville Elementary 829
El Dorado Union High 829
Round Valley Joint Elementary 829
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Westside Union Elementary (8,338.40) 829
Berryessa Union Elementary (8,139.90) 824
Snowline Joint Unified (8,129.90) 797
Lincoln Unified (8,299.20) 788
Los Banos Unified (8,429.50) 741
San Leandro Unified (8,352.70) 730
San Jacinto Unified (8,428.20) 715
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary 881
Saugus Union Elementary 866
Westside Union Elementary 829
William S. Hart Union High 824
Gorman Elementary 784
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Palmdale Elementary 726
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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