California school district spending and test scores

Westminster 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 Westminster Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,013   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

821   Median: 783

$8,013 spent per student ($75.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Washington Colony Elementary $8,026
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary $8,023
Lemon Grove Elementary $8,019
Westminster Elementary $8,013
Monterey Peninsula Unified $8,008
Campbell Union Elementary $8,005
Fortuna Union Elementary $7,999
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alameda City Unified (9,373.50) $8,630
El Monte City Elementary (9,574.60) $8,370
Westminster Elementary (9,474.70) $8,013
Marysville Joint Unified (9,343.20) $7,916
Ocean View Elementary (9,275.90) $7,874
Arcadia Unified (9,475.70) $7,542
Milpitas Unified (9,491.60) $7,310
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Garden Grove Unified $8,193
Westminster Elementary $8,013
Ocean View Elementary $7,874
Los Alamitos Unified $6,878

821 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Central Elementary 821
West Side Union Elementary 821
Meridian Elementary 821
Westminster Elementary 821
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Arcadia Unified (9,475.70) 922
Ocean View Elementary (9,275.90) 857
Alameda City Unified (9,373.50) 833
Milpitas Unified (9,491.60) 831
Westminster Elementary (9,474.70) 821
El Monte City Elementary (9,574.60) 760
Marysville Joint Unified (9,343.20) 736
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Ocean View Elementary 857
Westminster Elementary 821
Garden Grove Unified 802
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