California school district spending and test scores

Santa Maria-Bonita 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 Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,414   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

717   Median: 783

$7,414 spent per student ($98.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Pierce Joint Unified $7,428
Oak Grove Union Elementary $7,427
Evergreen Elementary $7,418
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary $7,414
Travis Unified $7,409
Di Giorgio Elementary $7,408
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary $7,407
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Barbara School Districts (13,434.75) $8,619
Turlock Unified (12,915.60) $7,860
Covina-Valley Unified (13,389.10) $7,636
Apple Valley Unified (12,946.60) $7,569
Evergreen Elementary (12,948.80) $7,418
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary (13,221.50) $7,414
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) $7,290
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary $7,414
Lucia Mar Unified $7,406
Orcutt Union Elementary $6,702

717 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Keppel Union Elementary 717
Aromas/San Juan Unified 717
Central Union High 717
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary 717
El Monte Union High 716
Rio Elementary 716
Red Bluff Joint Union High 716
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Evergreen Elementary (12,948.80) 874
Fullerton Elementary (13,222.70) 855
Apple Valley Unified (12,946.60) 770
Covina-Valley Unified (13,389.10) 769
Turlock Unified (12,915.60) 760
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary (13,221.50) 717
Santa Barbara School Districts (13,434.75) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
Lucia Mar Unified 815
Blochman Union Elementary 803
Santa Maria-Bonita Elementary 717
Guadalupe Union Elementary 671
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