California school district spending and test scores

Alisal 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 Alisal Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,816   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

718   Median: 783

$7,816 spent per student ($56.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mt. Shasta Union Elementary $7,824
San Ramon Valley Unified $7,824
Knightsen Elementary $7,824
Alisal Union Elementary $7,816
ABC Unified $7,815
San Pasqual Union Elementary $7,812
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified $7,812
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
South Bay Union Elementary (7,298.50) $9,054
Petaluma City Elementary/Joint Union High (7,233.46) $8,933
Campbell Union High (7,191.20) $8,825
Salinas City Elementary (7,583.70) $8,111
Delano Union Elementary (7,252.80) $8,086
Novato Unified (7,326.50) $7,974
Alisal Union Elementary (7,285.50) $7,816
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
San Benito High $8,656
Salinas City Elementary $8,111
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Chualar Union Elementary $7,828
Alisal Union Elementary $7,816
Santa Rita Union Elementary $6,870
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718 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oakland Unified 719
Tulare Joint Union High 718
Pittsburg Unified 718
Alisal Union Elementary 718
Aromas/San Juan Unified 717
Central Union High 717
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary 717
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Novato Unified (7,326.50) 827
South Bay Union Elementary (7,298.50) 781
Campbell Union High (7,191.20) 761
Delano Union Elementary (7,252.80) 740
Salinas City Elementary (7,583.70) 735
Alisal Union Elementary (7,285.50) 718
Petaluma City Elementary/Joint Union High (7,233.46) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Cienega Union Elementary 859
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Santa Rita Union Elementary 778
San Benito High 740
Salinas City Elementary 735
Alisal Union Elementary 718
Chualar Union Elementary 716
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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