California school district spending and test scores

Sonoma Valley Unified 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 Sonoma Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,389   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

733   Median: 783

$9,389 spent per student ($37.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
East Nicolaus Joint Union High $9,397
Flournoy Union Elementary $9,396
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Centinela Valley Union High $9,366
Thermalito Union Elementary $9,363
Mt. Baldy Joint Elementary $9,351
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Del Mar Union Elementary (4,072.50) $9,552
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) $9,389
Moreland Elementary (3,974.80) $9,183
Valley Center-Pauma Unified (4,082.80) $8,850
Lakeside Union Elementary (3,987.30) $8,478
Orcutt Union Elementary (4,165.40) $6,702
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) $6,593
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Kenwood Elementary $13,248
Sonoma Valley Unified $9,389
Napa Valley Unified $8,076
Old Adobe Union Elementary $8,074
Bennett Valley Union Elementary $6,908

733 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
New Hope Elementary 733
Madera Unified 733
Paramount Unified 733
Sonoma Valley Unified 733
Thermalito Union Elementary 733
Wheatland Union High 733
Woodland Joint Unified 733
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Del Mar Union Elementary (4,072.50) 961
Rescue Union Elementary (3,984.50) 888
Moreland Elementary (3,974.80) 870
Orcutt Union Elementary (4,165.40) 820
Lakeside Union Elementary (3,987.30) 811
Valley Center-Pauma Unified (4,082.80) 800
Sonoma Valley Unified (4,003.30) 733
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Bennett Valley Union Elementary 883
Kenwood Elementary 871
Old Adobe Union Elementary 818
Saint Helena Unified 793
Napa Valley Unified 776
Sonoma Valley Unified 733
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