California school district spending and test scores

San Dieguito 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 San Dieguito Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,108   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

877   Median: 783

$8,108 spent per student ($98.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Ducor Union Elementary $8,123
Salinas City Elementary $8,111
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified $8,108
San Dieguito Union High $8,108
Pleasant Valley Elementary $8,107
Bear Valley Unified $8,106
Helendale Elementary $8,106
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Porterville Unified (12,104.50) $8,564
San Dieguito Union High (12,084.50) $8,108
Chico Unified (11,633.00) $8,101
La Mesa-Spring Valley (12,067.60) $8,069
Livermore Valley Joint Unified (12,333.30) $7,993
Yuba City Unified (11,989.30) $7,180
Etiwanda Elementary (12,287.40) $6,560
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Diego Unified $9,855
Escondido Union High $8,517
San Dieguito Union High $8,108
Escondido Union Elementary $7,938
Carlsbad Unified $7,927
San Marcos Unified $7,493
Poway Unified $7,216

877 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Davis Joint Unified 877
Pacific Grove Unified 877
Cypress Elementary 877
San Dieguito Union High 877
Wilmar Union Elementary 876
Plaza Elementary 875
Fremont Union High 875
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Dieguito Union High (12,084.50) 877
Etiwanda Elementary (12,287.40) 872
Livermore Valley Joint Unified (12,333.30) 822
La Mesa-Spring Valley (12,067.60) 801
Chico Unified (11,633.00) 789
Yuba City Unified (11,989.30) 783
Porterville Unified (12,104.50) 743
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Poway Unified 883
San Dieguito Union High 877
Carlsbad Unified 859
San Marcos Unified 853
San Diego Unified 785
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