California school district spending and test scores

Spreckels 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 Spreckels Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,322   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

855   Median: 783

$6,322 spent per student ($5.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330
Sequoia Union Elementary $6,324
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322
Dixon Unified $6,287
Maple Elementary $6,248
Solvang Elementary $6,206
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Hope Elementary (927.70) $8,971
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) $8,892
Columbia Elementary (945.20) $7,719
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) $7,367
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) $6,995
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) $6,908
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) $6,322
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Carmel Unified $17,451
Graves Elementary $8,723
Salinas City Elementary $8,111
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Chualar Union Elementary $7,828
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855 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Temecula Valley Unified 856
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Fullerton Elementary 855
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Glendora Unified 854
Castro Valley Unified 854
Seiad Elementary 854
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Washington Union Elementary (948.20) 903
Hope Elementary (927.70) 894
Spreckels Union Elementary (933.80) 855
Columbia Elementary (945.20) 841
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary (926.00) 785
Lucerne Valley Unified (928.80) 687
Pixley Union Elementary (956.80) 677
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Washington Union Elementary 903
Carmel Unified 897
Spreckels Union Elementary 855
Graves Elementary 839
Monterey Peninsula Unified 739
Salinas City Elementary 735
Alisal Union Elementary 718
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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