California school district spending and test scores

West Sonoma County Union High 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 Sonoma County Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,876   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

779   Median: 783

$8,876 spent per student ($18.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Bayshore Elementary $8,884
Weed Union Elementary $8,881
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Waterford Unified $8,871
Santa Paula Elementary $8,867
Muroc Joint Unified $8,860
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
West Sonoma County Union High (2,130.70) $8,876
San Lorenzo Valley Unified (2,134.60) $8,643
Galt Joint Union High (2,113.90) $8,615
Orland Joint Unified (2,118.30) $8,151
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified (2,122.60) $8,108
Kingsburg Elementary Charter (2,155.10) $7,082
Loomis Union Elementary (2,172.90) $6,691
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Horicon Elementary $20,136
Shoreline Unified $17,791
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified $8,410
Bellevue Union Elementary $8,322
Wright Elementary $8,040
Windsor Unified $7,836
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779 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Jefferson Elementary 779
Curtis Creek Elementary 779
Oakley Union Elementary 779
West Sonoma County Union High 779
Lakeport Unified 779
Roseland Elementary 779
Empire Union Elementary 778
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Loomis Union Elementary (2,172.90) 895
San Lorenzo Valley Unified (2,134.60) 825
Kingsburg Elementary Charter (2,155.10) 816
West Sonoma County Union High (2,130.70) 779
Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified (2,122.60) 755
Galt Joint Union High (2,113.90) 744
Orland Joint Unified (2,118.30) 729
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Wright Elementary 838
Dunham Elementary 831
West Side Union Elementary 821
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary 808
Shoreline Unified 792
West Sonoma County Union High 779
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