California school district spending and test scores

San Antonio 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 San Antonio Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,376   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

807   Median: 783

$8,376 spent per student ($1.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Chowchilla Union High $8,384
Wheatland Union High $8,378
Nevada City Elementary $8,376
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Lakeport Unified $8,372
El Monte City Elementary $8,370
Shaffer Union Elementary $8,362
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Newcastle Elementary (196.00) $12,856
Fort Sage Unified (190.00) $12,229
Ready Springs Union Elementary (196.10) $10,278
Cinnabar Elementary (185.40) $9,898
Traver Joint Elementary (185.10) $9,763
San Antonio Union Elementary (190.30) $8,376
Liberty Elementary (193.40) $7,990
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified $59,638
San Lucas Union Elementary $19,045
Carmel Unified $17,451
Coast Unified $13,775
Bradley Union Elementary $13,345
San Ardo Union Elementary $12,068
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
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807 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Shasta Union High 808
Little Lake City Elementary 807
Upland Unified 807
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
Scott Valley Unified 806
Oak Grove Elementary 806
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified 806
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Liberty Elementary (193.40) 913
Newcastle Elementary (196.00) 878
San Antonio Union Elementary (190.30) 807
Cinnabar Elementary (185.40) 749
Traver Joint Elementary (185.10) 731
Ready Springs Union Elementary (196.10) 701
Fort Sage Unified (190.00) 660
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified N/A
Carmel Unified 897
Bradley Union Elementary 843
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
Coast Unified 785
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary 754
King City Union Elementary 701
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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