California school district spending and test scores

Sweetwater 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 Sweetwater Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,612   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

758   Median: 783

$8,612 spent per student ($337.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Barbara School Districts $8,619
Gateway Unified $8,617
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Antelope Valley Union High $8,604
Perris Union High $8,601
Paradise Unified $8,591
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) $8,972
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) $8,638
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) $8,612
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) $8,193
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) $8,055
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) $7,781
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) $7,638
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Diego Unified $9,855
Grossmont Union High $9,325
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Coronado Unified $8,497
La Mesa-Spring Valley $8,069
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary $7,861

758 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Greenfield Union Elementary 758
Acton-Agua Dulce Unified 758
Merced City Elementary 758
Sweetwater Union High 758
Pasadena Unified 758
Winton Elementary 758
Calistoga Joint Unified 758
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Clovis Unified (36,082.00) 866
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) 802
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) 788
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) 781
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) 758
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) 753
Fontana Unified (38,913.60) 731
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Coronado Unified 888
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
San Diego Unified 785
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
Sweetwater Union High 758
Grossmont Union High 736
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