California school district spending and test scores

College 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 College Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,382   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

829   Median: 783

$17,382 spent per student ($3.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Carmel Unified $17,451
College Elementary $17,382
Willow Grove Union Elementary $17,307
Arena Union Elementary/Point Arena Joint Union High $17,127
Fort Ross Elementary $17,123
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
College Elementary (209.40) $17,382
Black Butte Union Elementary (211.00) $10,626
Cayucos Elementary (207.10) $10,493
Princeton Joint Unified (212.10) $10,103
Scotia Union Elementary (207.70) $7,690
Di Giorgio Elementary (206.90) $7,408
Los Alamos Elementary (212.00) $7,359
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary $21,904
Montecito Union Elementary $21,048
College Elementary $17,382
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Ballard Elementary $12,696
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Goleta Union Elementary $10,310
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829 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Trinidad Union Elementary 829
Westside Union Elementary 829
Clear Creek Elementary 829
College Elementary 829
Round Valley Joint Elementary 829
Summerville Elementary 829
Chicago Park Elementary 829
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cayucos Elementary (207.10) 896
College Elementary (209.40) 829
Black Butte Union Elementary (211.00) 816
Scotia Union Elementary (207.70) 808
Los Alamos Elementary (212.00) 765
Princeton Joint Unified (212.10) 729
Di Giorgio Elementary (206.90) 716
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Cold Spring Elementary 949
Ballard Elementary 948
Montecito Union Elementary 936
Hope Elementary 894
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary 882
Goleta Union Elementary 865
Solvang Elementary 841
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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