California school district spending and test scores

Escondido 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 Escondido Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,938   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

735   Median: 783

$7,938 spent per student ($137.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Arcohe Union Elementary $7,963
Central Union High $7,955
Dublin Unified $7,945
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
Colton Joint Unified $7,936
Southern Kern Unified $7,935
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified $7,931
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pajaro Valley Unified (16,837.60) $9,271
Coachella Valley Unified (17,386.50) $8,767
Escondido Union Elementary (17,266.60) $7,938
Ventura Unified (16,690.20) $7,855
Cupertino Union Elementary (17,643.90) $7,590
San Marcos Unified (17,291.00) $7,493
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) $7,136
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Solana Beach Elementary $11,112
Fallbrook Union High $10,068
Valley Center-Pauma Unified $8,850
San Dieguito Union High $8,108
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
San Pasqual Union Elementary $7,812
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735 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Live Oak Unified 735
Baldwin Park Unified 735
Newman-Crows Landing Unified 735
Escondido Union Elementary 735
Salinas City Elementary 735
Holtville Unified 735
Klamath River Union Elementary 735
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cupertino Union Elementary (17,643.90) 951
San Marcos Unified (17,291.00) 853
Ventura Unified (16,690.20) 800
Panama-Buena Vista Union Elementary (15,753.80) 790
Escondido Union Elementary (17,266.60) 735
Pajaro Valley Unified (16,837.60) 713
Coachella Valley Unified (17,386.50) 685
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Solana Beach Elementary 936
Poway Unified 883
San Dieguito Union High 877
San Pasqual Union Elementary 874
Bonsall Union Elementary 853
San Marcos Unified 853
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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