California school district spending and test scores

Cienega 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 Cienega Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,718   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

859   Median: 783

$8,718 spent per student ($299,271 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Colfax Elementary $8,723
Graves Elementary $8,723
Long Beach Unified $8,719
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Nevada Joint Union High $8,707
Mountain House Elementary $8,707
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Montgomery Elementary (34.30) $16,539
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) $16,455
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) $14,857
Peninsula Union Elementary (33.50) $11,937
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) $11,723
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) $9,396
Cienega Union Elementary (34.30) $8,718
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Salinas Union High $8,250
Hollister Elementary $8,089
Gonzales Unified $8,087
Aromas/San Juan Unified $8,033
Alisal Union Elementary $7,816
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859 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Santee Elementary 860
Carlsbad Unified 859
Saddleback Valley Unified 859
Cienega Union Elementary 859
Alpine Union Elementary 858
Fieldbrook Elementary 858
Alta Loma Elementary 858
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) 934
Cienega Union Elementary (34.30) 859
Montgomery Elementary (34.30) 844
Flournoy Union Elementary (34.90) 801
Peninsula Union Elementary (33.50) 752
Manton Joint Union Elementary (29.70) 730
Kneeland Elementary (34.30) 698
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Southside Elementary 894
Cienega Union Elementary 859
Santa Rita Union Elementary 778
Hollister Elementary 760
Alisal Union Elementary 718
Aromas/San Juan Unified 717
Salinas Union High 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