California school district spending and test scores

Southside 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 Southside Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,409   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

894   Median: 783

$6,409 spent per student ($1.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Ackerman Elementary $6,474
Westside Union Elementary $6,464
Oak View Union Elementary $6,454
Southside Elementary $6,409
Ripon Unified $6,394
Central Elementary $6,388
Clay Joint Elementary $6,367
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Geyserville Unified (239.00) $12,459
Westwood Unified (245.50) $11,102
Westside Elementary (243.50) $9,920
Sunol Glen Unified (242.70) $8,416
Pond Union Elementary (239.30) $7,183
Southside Elementary (241.60) $6,409
Los Olivos Elementary (238.10) $6,334
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Cienega Union Elementary $8,718
Hollister Elementary $8,089
Tres Pinos Union Elementary $7,199
Southside Elementary $6,409

894 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Loomis Union Elementary 895
Alexander Valley Union Elementary 894
Hope Elementary 894
Southside Elementary 894
Burlingame Elementary 892
Fountain Valley Elementary 892
North Cow Creek Elementary 890
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Sunol Glen Unified (242.70) 909
Southside Elementary (241.60) 894
Pond Union Elementary (239.30) 816
Geyserville Unified (239.00) 776
Los Olivos Elementary (238.10) 739
Westside Elementary (243.50) 710
Westwood Unified (245.50) 678
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Southside Elementary 894
Cienega Union Elementary 859
Tres Pinos Union Elementary 769
Hollister Elementary 760
Willow Grove Union Elementary 619
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