California school district spending and test scores

Santa Barbara School Districts 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 Santa Barbara School Districts compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,619   Median: $8,234

No API score for 2010 reported for Santa Barbara School Districts School District

$8,619 spent per student ($115.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
El Monte Union High $8,633
Alameda City Unified $8,630
Terra Bella Union Elementary $8,624
Santa Barbara School Districts $8,619
Gateway Unified $8,617
Galt Joint Union High $8,615
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Fullerton Joint Union High (14,052.20) $8,766
Santa Barbara School Districts (13,434.75) $8,619
Bellflower Unified (13,716.60) $8,060
Covina-Valley Unified (13,389.10) $7,636
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary (13,221.50) $7,414
Central Unified (13,765.50) $7,312
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) $7,290
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
Goleta Union Elementary $10,310
Carpinteria Unified $9,787
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547
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No API score reported

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