California school district spending and test scores

Solvang 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 Solvang Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,206   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

841   Median: 783

$6,206 spent per student ($3.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322
Dixon Unified $6,287
Maple Elementary $6,248
Solvang Elementary $6,206
Hickman Community Charter $6,192
Rosedale Union Elementary $6,176
Lammersville Elementary $6,170
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Shoreline Unified (548.00) $17,791
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) $9,591
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) $8,044
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) $8,029
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) $7,881
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) $7,321
Solvang Elementary (550.20) $6,206
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary $21,904
College Elementary $17,382
Ballard Elementary $12,696
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Solvang Elementary $6,206

841 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Norris Elementary 841
Columbia Elementary 841
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary 841
Solvang Elementary 841
Castaic Union Elementary 840
Rosemead Elementary 840
Bonita Unified 840
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) 842
Solvang Elementary (550.20) 841
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) 803
Shoreline Unified (548.00) 792
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) 764
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) 749
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) 740
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ballard Elementary 948
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary 882
Buellton Union Elementary 845
Solvang Elementary 841
College Elementary 829
Los Olivos Elementary 739
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