California school district spending and test scores

Saint Helena 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 Saint Helena Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,671   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

793   Median: 783

$17,671 spent per student ($22.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pine Ridge Elementary $18,437
La Grange Elementary $17,858
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Carmel Unified $17,451
College Elementary $17,382
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) $17,671
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) $9,363
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) $8,489
Colusa Unified (1,289.30) $7,985
Pierce Joint Unified (1,272.50) $7,428
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary (1,271.90) $7,407
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) $7,379
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pope Valley Union Elementary $18,908
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Kenwood Elementary $13,248
Calistoga Joint Unified $12,431
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Konocti Unified $9,053
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793 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
Bass Lake Joint Union Elementary 794
Plum Valley Elementary 793
Saint Helena Unified 793
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Rockford Elementary 792
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Mother Lode Union Elementary (1,273.50) 849
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary (1,271.90) 808
Saint Helena Unified (1,274.20) 793
Caruthers Unified (1,280.80) 749
Pierce Joint Unified (1,272.50) 737
Thermalito Union Elementary (1,288.60) 733
Colusa Unified (1,289.30) 710
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rincon Valley Union Elementary 873
Kenwood Elementary 871
Saint Helena Unified 793
Middletown Unified 791
Howell Mountain Elementary 783
Napa Valley Unified 776
Winters Joint Unified 759
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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