California school district spending and test scores

Soledad Unified 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 Soledad Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,807   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

696   Median: 783

$7,807 spent per student ($32.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Pasqual Union Elementary $7,812
Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified $7,812
Savanna Elementary $7,809
Soledad Unified $7,807
Hawthorne Elementary $7,806
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
Grant Elementary $7,805
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Delano Joint Union High (4,222.10) $9,667
Los Altos Elementary (4,207.40) $9,549
Placer Union High (4,224.00) $7,903
Soledad Unified (4,213.70) $7,807
South Pasadena Unified (4,186.30) $7,647
Rio Elementary (4,238.70) $7,583
Orcutt Union Elementary (4,165.40) $6,702
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified $17,451
Jefferson Elementary $10,916
King City Joint Union High $9,893
Mission Union Elementary $9,068
San Benito High $8,656
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Soledad Unified $7,807
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696 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
West Contra Costa Unified 696
Raisin City Elementary 696
Victor Valley Union High 696
Soledad Unified 696
North Monterey County Unified 695
Westmorland Union Elementary 695
Wasco Union Elementary 692
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Altos Elementary (4,207.40) 965
South Pasadena Unified (4,186.30) 911
Orcutt Union Elementary (4,165.40) 820
Placer Union High (4,224.00) 797
Delano Joint Union High (4,222.10) 748
Rio Elementary (4,238.70) 716
Soledad Unified (4,213.70) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified 897
Mission Union Elementary 839
Jefferson Elementary 832
San Benito High 740
King City Union Elementary 701
Soledad Unified 696
King City Joint Union High 689
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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