California school district spending and test scores

Salinas City 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 Salinas City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,111   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

735   Median: 783

$8,111 spent per student ($61.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pioneer Union Elementary $8,127
Mendota Unified $8,125
Ducor Union Elementary $8,123
Salinas City Elementary $8,111
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified $8,108
San Dieguito Union High $8,108
Pleasant Valley Elementary $8,107
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sequoia Union High (7,602.40) $12,273
South Bay Union Elementary (7,298.50) $9,054
Escondido Union High (7,641.80) $8,517
Salinas City Elementary (7,583.70) $8,111
Novato Unified (7,326.50) $7,974
Hueneme Elementary (7,730.80) $7,877
Alisal Union Elementary (7,285.50) $7,816
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Graves Elementary $8,723
Salinas City Elementary $8,111
Alisal Union Elementary $7,816
Santa Rita Union Elementary $6,870
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322

735 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Escondido Union Elementary 735
Live Oak Unified 735
Newman-Crows Landing Unified 735
Salinas City Elementary 735
Klamath River Union Elementary 735
Holtville Unified 735
Baldwin Park Unified 735
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Novato Unified (7,326.50) 827
South Bay Union Elementary (7,298.50) 781
Sequoia Union High (7,602.40) 780
Salinas City Elementary (7,583.70) 735
Escondido Union High (7,641.80) 724
Hueneme Elementary (7,730.80) 721
Alisal Union Elementary (7,285.50) 718
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Graves Elementary 839
Santa Rita Union Elementary 778
Salinas City Elementary 735
Alisal Union Elementary 718
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