California school district spending and test scores

Sebastopol 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 Sebastopol Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,809   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

792   Median: 783

$8,809 spent per student ($6.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Campbell Union High $8,825
Mountain View-Whisman Elementary $8,818
Healdsburg Unified $8,809
Sebastopol Union Elementary $8,809
Woodlake Union Elementary $8,802
Happy Valley Union Elementary $8,801
Victor Valley Union High $8,801
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Coast Unified (717.00) $13,775
Emery Unified (726.90) $13,680
Chawanakee Unified (730.90) $11,287
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) $9,652
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) $8,809
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) $8,254
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) $6,749
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Sebastopol Union Elementary $8,809
Bellevue Union Elementary $8,322
Wright Elementary $8,040
Twin Hills Union Elementary $7,453
Oak Grove Union Elementary $7,427
Gravenstein Union Elementary $6,479

792 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Rockford Elementary 792
San Jose Unified 792
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
Rowland Unified 792
Shoreline Unified 792
Bear Valley Unified 791
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Vallecito Union Elementary (730.20) 849
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) 794
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) 792
Coast Unified (717.00) 785
Chawanakee Unified (730.90) 764
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) 728
Emery Unified (726.90) 709
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Gravenstein Union Elementary 870
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Oak Grove Union Elementary 843
Twin Hills Union Elementary 840
Wright Elementary 838
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
Bellevue Union Elementary 740
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