California school district spending and test scores

Salinas Union High 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 Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,250   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

701   Median: 783

$8,250 spent per student ($102.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Kelseyville Unified $8,270
Bella Vista Elementary $8,258
Keyes Union Elementary $8,254
Salinas Union High $8,250
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
Azusa Unified $8,248
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Inglewood Unified (12,850.20) $8,931
Alum Rock Union Elementary (12,392.40) $8,735
Whittier Union High (12,719.00) $8,393
Salinas Union High (12,404.40) $8,250
New Haven Unified (12,423.30) $8,182
Livermore Valley Joint Unified (12,333.30) $7,993
Etiwanda Elementary (12,287.40) $6,560
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified $17,451
Pajaro Valley Unified $9,271
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
San Benito High $8,656
Salinas Union High $8,250
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Aromas/San Juan Unified $8,033
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701 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Banning Unified 701
Pleasant View Elementary 701
King City Union Elementary 701
Salinas Union High 701
Ready Springs Union Elementary 701
Golden Feather Union Elementary 700
Mountain Empire Unified 700
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Etiwanda Elementary (12,287.40) 872
Livermore Valley Joint Unified (12,333.30) 822
New Haven Unified (12,423.30) 777
Whittier Union High (12,719.00) 765
Alum Rock Union Elementary (12,392.40) 746
Inglewood Unified (12,850.20) 711
Salinas Union High (12,404.40) 701
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified 897
Cienega Union Elementary 859
San Benito High 740
Monterey Peninsula Unified 739
Aromas/San Juan Unified 717
Chualar Union Elementary 716
Pajaro Valley Unified 713
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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