California school district spending and test scores

Bonny Doon 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 Bonny Doon Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,186   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

862   Median: 783

$13,186 spent per student ($1.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Bret Harte Union High $13,295
Kenwood Elementary $13,248
Borrego Springs Unified $13,196
Bonny Doon Union Elementary $13,186
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Mountain View-Los Altos Union High $13,157
Lewiston Elementary $13,147
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) $22,446
Bonny Doon Union Elementary (111.90) $13,186
Ballard Elementary (110.50) $12,696
Douglas City Elementary (113.40) $10,726
Belleview Elementary (112.80) $9,218
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary (113.70) $9,010
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) $7,099
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bonny Doon Union Elementary $13,186
Pacific Elementary $9,781
San Lorenzo Valley Unified $8,643

862 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Capistrano Unified 862
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Big Creek Elementary 862
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
Lammersville Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ballard Elementary (110.50) 948
Bonny Doon Union Elementary (111.90) 862
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) 858
Belleview Elementary (112.80) 834
Douglas City Elementary (113.40) 812
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary (113.70) 806
Leggett Valley Unified (108.80) 752
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Pacific Elementary 850
San Lorenzo Valley Unified 825
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