California school district spending and test scores

Del Mar 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 Del Mar Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,552   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

961   Median: 783

$9,552 spent per student ($38.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
West Park Elementary $9,573
Garfield Elementary $9,559
Del Mar Union Elementary $9,552
Los Altos Elementary $9,549
McCloud Union Elementary $9,549
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Del Mar Union Elementary (4,072.50) $9,552
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) $9,389
Valley Center-Pauma Unified (4,082.80) $8,850
Lakeside Union Elementary (3,987.30) $8,478
South Pasadena Unified (4,186.30) $7,647
Orcutt Union Elementary (4,165.40) $6,702
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) $6,593
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Solana Beach Elementary $11,112
San Diego Unified $9,855
Del Mar Union Elementary $9,552
Poway Unified $7,216

961 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Los Altos Elementary 965
Las Lomitas Elementary 963
Lakeside Joint Elementary 963
Del Mar Union Elementary 961
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Reed Union Elementary 953
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Del Mar Union Elementary (4,072.50) 961
South Pasadena Unified (4,186.30) 911
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) 888
Orcutt Union Elementary (4,165.40) 820
Lakeside Union Elementary (3,987.30) 811
Valley Center-Pauma Unified (4,082.80) 800
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) 733
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Del Mar Union Elementary 961
Solana Beach Elementary 936
Poway Unified 883
San Diego Unified 785
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