California school district spending and test scores

Rancho Santa Fe 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 Rancho Santa Fe Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$14,287   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

946   Median: 783

$14,287 spent per student ($9.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary $14,453
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Pioneer Union Elementary $14,292
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Panoche Elementary $14,232
Mendocino Unified $14,211
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) $14,287
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) $10,703
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) $9,028
Wheatland Union High (686.00) $8,378
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) $8,328
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) $7,999
Sutter Union High (663.80) $7,856
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary $14,287
Solana Beach Elementary $11,112
Encinitas Union Elementary $8,979
Escondido Union High $8,517
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
San Marcos Unified $7,493

946 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
San Marino Unified 949
Cold Spring Elementary 949
Ballard Elementary 948
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Moraga Elementary 945
Happy Valley Elementary 941
Kentfield Elementary 940
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary (664.30) 946
Pollock Pines Elementary (660.60) 813
Scott Valley Unified (670.50) 806
Fortuna Union Elementary (668.10) 770
Wheatland Union High (686.00) 733
Sutter Union High (663.80) 727
Bishop Joint Union High (656.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Solana Beach Elementary 936
Encinitas Union Elementary 905
San Marcos Unified 853
Escondido Union Elementary 735
Escondido Union High 724
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