California school district spending and test scores

Escondido Union 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 Escondido Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,517   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

724   Median: 783

$8,517 spent per student ($65.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Redding Elementary $8,548
Valley Home Joint Elementary $8,540
Vista Unified $8,522
Escondido Union High $8,517
Fortuna Union High $8,515
Cabrillo Unified $8,512
Calipatria Unified $8,497
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sequoia Union High (7,602.40) $12,273
Escondido Union High (7,641.80) $8,517
Davis Joint Unified (7,750.70) $8,487
Salinas City Elementary (7,583.70) $8,111
Novato Unified (7,326.50) $7,974
Hueneme Elementary (7,730.80) $7,877
Sylvan Union Elementary (7,773.60) $7,054
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
Escondido Union High $8,517
San Dieguito Union High $8,108
Ramona City Unified $8,099
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724 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Stony Creek Joint Unified 724
Shasta Union Elementary 724
Bishop Joint Union High 724
Escondido Union High 724
Santa Ana Unified 723
Willow Creek Elementary 722
Hueneme Elementary 721
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Davis Joint Unified (7,750.70) 877
Novato Unified (7,326.50) 827
Sylvan Union Elementary (7,773.60) 824
Sequoia Union High (7,602.40) 780
Salinas City Elementary (7,583.70) 735
Escondido Union High (7,641.80) 724
Hueneme Elementary (7,730.80) 721
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 Marcos Unified 853
Bonsall Union Elementary 853
Ramona City Unified 809
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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