California school district spending and test scores

Encinitas 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 Encinitas Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,979   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

905   Median: 783

$8,979 spent per student ($47.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary $9,010
Corning Union High $9,001
Shasta Union High $8,985
Encinitas Union Elementary $8,979
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Hope Elementary $8,971
Hayward Unified $8,962
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Ukiah Unified (5,282.50) $9,493
Encinitas Union Elementary (5,274.70) $8,979
El Centro Elementary (5,288.30) $8,346
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) $8,034
Hanford Elementary (5,283.70) $7,829
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) $7,447
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) $6,176
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Solana Beach Elementary $11,112
Cardiff Elementary $9,631
Encinitas Union Elementary $8,979
Carlsbad Unified $7,927
San Marcos Unified $7,493

905 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Millville Elementary 906
Pleasanton Unified 906
Union Elementary 905
Encinitas Union Elementary 905
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary 904
Los Alamitos Unified 904
Washington Union Elementary 903
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Encinitas Union Elementary (5,274.70) 905
Rosedale Union Elementary (5,085.10) 815
Buena Park Elementary (5,151.10) 811
El Centro Elementary (5,288.30) 772
Hanford Elementary (5,283.70) 770
Patterson Joint Unified (5,117.50) 730
Ukiah Unified (5,282.50) 714
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Solana Beach Elementary 936
Cardiff Elementary 931
Encinitas Union Elementary 905
Carlsbad Unified 859
San Marcos Unified 853
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