California school district spending and test scores

Buellton 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 Buellton Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,410   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

845   Median: 783

$10,410 spent per student ($7.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Wheatland Elementary $10,461
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Yreka Union High $10,434
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Two Rock Union Elementary $10,406
Happy Valley Elementary $10,387
Trinity Alps Unified $10,365
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) $16,981
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) $10,998
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) $10,410
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) $10,365
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) $8,032
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) $7,296
Sonora Elementary (704.90) $7,184
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary $21,904
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Santa Maria Joint Union High $8,229
Lompoc Unified $7,755
Los Alamos Elementary $7,359
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Solvang Elementary $6,206

845 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Ackerman Elementary 846
Junction Elementary 845
Sundale Union Elementary 845
Buellton Union Elementary 845
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified 844
Montgomery Elementary 844
Cutten Elementary 844
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) 949
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) 845
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) 845
Sonora Elementary (704.90) 834
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) 759
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) 725
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) 682
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary 882
Buellton Union Elementary 845
Solvang Elementary 841
Los Alamos Elementary 765
Lompoc Unified 745
Los Olivos Elementary 739
Santa Maria Joint Union High 703
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