California school district spending and test scores

Soquel 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 Soquel Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,556   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

828   Median: 783

$7,556 spent per student ($13.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Apple Valley Unified $7,569
Greenfield Union Elementary $7,559
Guadalupe Union Elementary $7,558
Soquel Union Elementary $7,556
Martinez Unified $7,555
Janesville Union Elementary $7,545
Durham Unified $7,544
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) $12,647
Fort Bragg Unified (1,743.30) $9,523
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) $8,337
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) $8,168
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) $7,556
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) $7,395
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) $7,317
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Happy Valley Elementary $10,387
Mountain Elementary $10,150
Pajaro Valley Unified $9,271
Live Oak Elementary $8,337
Soquel Union Elementary $7,556

828 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Island Union Elementary 828
Sulphur Springs Union Elementary 828
Menifee Union Elementary 828
Soquel Union Elementary 828
Cuddeback Union Elementary 828
Grenada Elementary 828
Novato Unified 827
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Pacific Grove Unified (1,743.30) 877
Bonsall Union Elementary (1,765.30) 853
Soquel Union Elementary (1,748.60) 828
Fort Bragg Unified (1,743.30) 762
Winton Elementary (1,744.80) 758
Live Oak Elementary (1,749.00) 753
Brawley Union High (1,760.90) 704
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Happy Valley Elementary 941
Mountain Elementary 909
Soquel Union Elementary 828
Live Oak Elementary 753
Pajaro Valley Unified 713
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