California school district spending and test scores

Santa Ynez Valley Union High 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 Ynez Valley Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,547   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

836   Median: 783

$9,547 spent per student ($9.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Del Mar Union Elementary $9,552
Los Altos Elementary $9,549
McCloud Union Elementary $9,549
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547
Cuddeback Union Elementary $9,532
Big Lagoon Union Elementary $9,526
Fort Bragg Unified $9,523
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Taft Union High (969.80) $21,932
Santa Ynez Valley Union High (1,004.00) $9,547
Corning Union High (992.90) $9,001
Esparto Unified (1,003.60) $8,082
Durham Unified (1,020.00) $7,544
Placer Hills Union Elementary (1,019.80) $7,121
Plumas Lake Elementary (1,023.70) $6,976
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Montecito Union Elementary $21,048
Cold Spring Elementary $17,035
Blochman Union Elementary $11,493
Cuyama Joint Unified $10,329
Goleta Union Elementary $10,310
Carpinteria Unified $9,787
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547
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836 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Murrieta Valley Unified 837
Jefferson Elementary 837
Moorpark Unified 836
Santa Ynez Valley Union High 836
Knights Ferry Elementary 834
Sonora Elementary 834
Belleview Elementary 834
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Placer Hills Union Elementary (1,019.80) 881
Santa Ynez Valley Union High (1,004.00) 836
Plumas Lake Elementary (1,023.70) 797
Durham Unified (1,020.00) 795
Esparto Unified (1,003.60) 736
Taft Union High (969.80) 715
Corning Union High (992.90) 697
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Cold Spring Elementary 949
Montecito Union Elementary 936
Hope Elementary 894
Goleta Union Elementary 865
Santa Ynez Valley Union High 836
Ojai Unified 815
Blochman Union Elementary 803
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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