California school district spending and test scores

Woodside 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 Woodside Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$19,088   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

937   Median: 783

$19,088 spent per student ($8.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Big Creek Elementary $20,875
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Silver Fork Elementary $19,251
Woodside Elementary $19,088
San Lucas Union Elementary $19,045
Southern Trinity Joint Unified $18,924
Pope Valley Union Elementary $18,908
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Woodside Elementary (422.60) $19,088
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified (424.00) $13,365
Forestville Union Elementary (411.40) $8,194
Washington Colony Elementary (423.30) $8,026
Arcohe Union Elementary (419.80) $7,963
Jacoby Creek Elementary (412.20) $6,803
Franklin Elementary (448.90) $5,887
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Woodside Elementary $19,088
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Cabrillo Unified $8,512

937 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Kentfield Elementary 940
Ross Elementary 939
Santa Clara Elementary 938
Woodside Elementary 937
Montecito Union Elementary 936
Hermosa Beach City Elementary 936
Solana Beach Elementary 936
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Woodside Elementary (422.60) 937
Jacoby Creek Elementary (412.20) 909
Franklin Elementary (448.90) 832
Forestville Union Elementary (411.40) 814
Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified (424.00) 794
Arcohe Union Elementary (419.80) 751
Washington Colony Elementary (423.30) 729
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Las Lomitas Elementary 963
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Woodside Elementary 937
Cabrillo Unified 785
Redwood City Elementary 763
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