California school district spending and test scores

South Bay 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 South Bay Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,054   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

781   Median: 783

$9,054 spent per student ($66.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Pomona Unified $9,057
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary $9,056
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
Konocti Unified $9,053
Bishop Joint Union High $9,028
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary $9,010
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sequoia Union High (7,602.40) $12,273
South Bay Union Elementary (7,298.50) $9,054
Petaluma City Elementary/Joint Union High (7,233.46) $8,933
Salinas City Elementary (7,583.70) $8,111
Delano Union Elementary (7,252.80) $8,086
Novato Unified (7,326.50) $7,974
Alisal Union Elementary (7,285.50) $7,816
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Diego Unified $9,855
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
Coronado Unified $8,497
San Ysidro Elementary $8,475
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
National Elementary $8,128

781 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Riverside Unified 781
Buena Vista Elementary 781
Outside Creek Elementary 781
South Bay Union Elementary 781
Carpinteria Unified 781
Lake Tahoe Unified 781
Val Verde Unified 780
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Novato Unified (7,326.50) 827
South Bay Union Elementary (7,298.50) 781
Sequoia Union High (7,602.40) 780
Delano Union Elementary (7,252.80) 740
Salinas City Elementary (7,583.70) 735
Alisal Union Elementary (7,285.50) 718
Petaluma City Elementary/Joint Union High (7,233.46) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Coronado Unified 888
Chula Vista Elementary 848
National Elementary 789
San Diego Unified 785
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