California school district spending and test scores

Seiad 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 Seiad Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,131   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

854   Median: 783

$12,131 spent per student ($340,885 total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified $12,333
Sequoia Union High $12,273
Fort Sage Unified $12,229
Seiad Elementary $12,131
Berkeley Unified $12,092
San Ardo Union Elementary $12,068
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary $12,067
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
New Jerusalem Elementary (23.00) $55,500
Belridge Elementary (26.40) $42,094
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) $16,455
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary (28.70) $14,453
Seiad Elementary (28.10) $12,131
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) $11,120
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) $9,951
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Klamath River Union Elementary $14,400
Happy Camp Union Elementary $12,863
Seiad Elementary $12,131
Scott Valley Unified $10,703
Yreka Union High $10,434

854 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Glendora Unified 854
Mark West Union Elementary 854
Castro Valley Unified 854
Seiad Elementary 854
Mesa Union Elementary 854
Bonsall Union Elementary 853
San Marcos Unified 853
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Spencer Valley Elementary (29.30) 934
Laguna Joint Elementary (28.40) 929
Bitterwater-Tully Union Elementary (28.70) 855
Seiad Elementary (28.10) 854
Belridge Elementary (26.40) 815
Little Shasta Elementary (26.70) 782
New Jerusalem Elementary (23.00) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Seiad Elementary 854
Scott Valley Unified 806
Yreka Union High 787
Klamath River Union Elementary 735
Happy Camp Union Elementary 625
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