California school district spending and test scores

Ballard 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 Ballard Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,696   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

948   Median: 783

$12,696 spent per student ($1.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Newcastle Elementary $12,856
Gorman Elementary $12,780
Mountain Union Elementary $12,731
Ballard Elementary $12,696
Pacific Grove Unified $12,647
Mountain Valley Unified $12,630
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) $22,446
Bonny Doon Union Elementary (111.90) $13,186
Ballard Elementary (110.50) $12,696
San Ardo Union Elementary (107.10) $12,068
Belleview Elementary (112.80) $9,218
Magnolia Union Elementary (108.40) $7,907
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) $7,099
Spending per student in adjacent districts
College Elementary $17,382
Ballard Elementary $12,696
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Solvang Elementary $6,206

948 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cold Spring Elementary 949
Portola Valley Elementary 949
San Marino Unified 949
Ballard Elementary 948
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Moraga Elementary 945
Happy Valley Elementary 941
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ballard Elementary (110.50) 948
Magnolia Union Elementary (108.40) 865
Bonny Doon Union Elementary (111.90) 862
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) 858
Belleview Elementary (112.80) 834
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) 752
San Ardo Union Elementary (107.10) 602
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ballard Elementary 948
Solvang Elementary 841
College Elementary 829
Los Olivos Elementary 739
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