California school district spending and test scores

West Side 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 West Side Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,727   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

821   Median: 783

$7,727 spent per student ($1.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Burton Elementary $7,737
El Segundo Unified $7,733
Reeds Creek Elementary $7,728
West Side Union Elementary $7,727
Columbia Elementary $7,719
Edison Elementary $7,718
Hanford Joint Union High $7,717
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sausalito Marin City Elementary (159.70) $33,949
Shasta Union Elementary (163.10) $8,475
Grenada Elementary (158.20) $8,300
West Side Union Elementary (161.30) $7,727
Browns Elementary (163.80) $6,804
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary (163.90) $6,605
Capay Joint Union Elementary (161.00) $6,108
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Montgomery Elementary $16,539
Geyserville Unified $12,459
Guerneville Elementary $9,389
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Healdsburg Unified $8,809
Forestville Union Elementary $8,194
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821 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Meridian Elementary 821
Central Elementary 821
Westminster Elementary 821
West Side Union Elementary 821
Castle Rock Union Elementary 821
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Capay Joint Union Elementary (161.00) 857
Browns Elementary (163.80) 853
Grenada Elementary (158.20) 828
Pleasant Grove Joint Union Elementary (163.90) 823
West Side Union Elementary (161.30) 821
Sausalito Marin City Elementary (159.70) 745
Shasta Union Elementary (163.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Guerneville Elementary 851
Montgomery Elementary 844
West Side Union Elementary 821
Forestville Union Elementary 814
West Sonoma County Union High 779
Geyserville Unified 776
Windsor Unified 772
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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