California school district spending and test scores

San Ysidro 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 San Ysidro Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,475   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

782   Median: 783

$8,475 spent per student ($39.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lakeside Union Elementary $8,478
Planada Elementary $8,477
Shasta Union Elementary $8,475
San Ysidro Elementary $8,475
Eureka City Unified $8,469
Monroe Elementary $8,465
Dos Palos Oro Loma Joint Unified $8,463
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Beverly Hills Unified (4,782.70) $11,122
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) $9,473
Jefferson Union High (4,716.90) $8,550
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) $8,475
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) $8,045
Little Lake City Elementary (4,723.20) $7,793
Central Elementary (4,681.10) $6,388
Spending per student in adjacent districts
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
San Ysidro Elementary $8,475
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249

782 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Weaver Union Elementary 782
Calaveras Unified 782
Waterford Unified 782
San Ysidro Elementary 782
Gateway Unified 782
Little Shasta Elementary 782
Buena Vista Elementary 781
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Beverly Hills Unified (4,782.70) 872
Central Elementary (4,681.10) 821
Little Lake City Elementary (4,723.20) 807
Center Joint Unified (4,683.10) 786
San Ysidro Elementary (4,701.90) 782
Jefferson Union High (4,716.90) 750
Tulare Joint Union High (4,635.70) 718
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Chula Vista Elementary 848
San Ysidro Elementary 782
South Bay Union Elementary 781
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