California school district spending and test scores

Vista Del Mar Union 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 Vista Del Mar Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$21,904   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

882   Median: 783

$21,904 spent per student ($1.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Coffee Creek Elementary $22,657
Leggett Valley Unified $22,446
Taft Union High $21,932
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary $21,904
Midway Elementary $21,888
Elkins Elementary $21,794
Round Valley Unified $21,676
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary (82.50) $21,904
Lakeside Joint Elementary (80.50) $16,421
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary (83.50) $11,859
Elk Hills Elementary (80.20) $11,719
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary (82.70) $9,272
Lagunita Elementary (85.00) $6,991
Kirkwood Elementary (81.30) $6,797
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary $21,904
College Elementary $17,382
Buellton Union Elementary $10,410
Goleta Union Elementary $10,310
Lompoc Unified $7,755
Solvang Elementary $6,206

882 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Poway Unified 883
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Las Virgenes Unified 882
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary 882
El Segundo Unified 881
Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary 881
Placer Hills Union Elementary 881
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Lakeside Joint Elementary (80.50) 963
Lagunita Elementary (85.00) 935
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary (82.50) 882
Kirkwood Elementary (81.30) 832
Snelling-Merced Falls Union Elementary (82.70) 827
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary (83.50) 790
Elk Hills Elementary (80.20) 562
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Vista Del Mar Union Elementary 882
Goleta Union Elementary 865
Buellton Union Elementary 845
Solvang Elementary 841
College Elementary 829
Lompoc Unified 745
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