California school district spending and test scores

San Benito High 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 San Benito High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,656   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

740   Median: 783

$8,656 spent per student ($24.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
East Side Union High $8,671
North Cow Creek Elementary $8,669
Calexico Unified $8,668
San Benito High $8,656
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643
San Juan Unified $8,638
El Monte Union High $8,633
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos Union Elementary (2,835.30) $9,311
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary (2,868.40) $9,056
San Benito High (2,865.40) $8,656
Ojai Unified (2,815.30) $8,082
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) $7,901
Escalon Unified (2,817.70) $7,779
Santa Rita Union Elementary (2,870.20) $6,870
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
King City Joint Union High $9,893
San Benito High $8,656
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified $8,463
Salinas Union High $8,250
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
Mendota Unified $8,125
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740 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mendota Unified 740
Delano Union Elementary 740
Fowler Unified 740
San Benito High 740
Luther Burbank Elementary 740
Bellevue Union Elementary 740
Weed Union Elementary 740
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos Union Elementary (2,835.30) 921
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary (2,868.40) 904
Ojai Unified (2,815.30) 815
Empire Union Elementary (2,891.80) 778
Santa Rita Union Elementary (2,870.20) 778
Escalon Unified (2,817.70) 767
San Benito High (2,865.40) 740
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary 855
Santa Rita Union Elementary 778
Gilroy Unified 777
Los Banos Unified 741
Mendota Unified 740
San Benito High 740
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