California school district spending and test scores

Salida 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 Salida Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,804   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

776   Median: 783

$7,804 spent per student ($21.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
La Habra City Elementary $7,805
Grant Elementary $7,805
Trinidad Union Elementary $7,804
Salida Union Elementary $7,804
El Tejon Unified $7,803
West Covina Unified $7,800
Little Lake City Elementary $7,793
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Laguna Beach Unified (2,768.40) $13,773
Solana Beach Elementary (2,748.00) $11,112
San Carlos Elementary (2,705.20) $8,225
Rincon Valley Union Elementary (2,796.10) $7,913
Salida Union Elementary (2,756.60) $7,804
Burton Elementary (2,749.40) $7,737
Mountain View Elementary (2,778.80) $6,977
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Salida Union Elementary $7,804
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary $7,340
Manteca Unified $6,622
Ripon Unified $6,394

776 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Napa Valley Unified 776
Banta Elementary 776
Hilmar Unified 776
Salida Union Elementary 776
Yosemite Unified 776
Anderson Valley Unified 776
Geyserville Unified 776
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Solana Beach Elementary (2,748.00) 936
San Carlos Elementary (2,705.20) 899
Laguna Beach Unified (2,768.40) 895
Rincon Valley Union Elementary (2,796.10) 873
Mountain View Elementary (2,778.80) 814
Salida Union Elementary (2,756.60) 776
Burton Elementary (2,749.40) 774
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Ripon Unified 823
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary 808
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Salida Union Elementary 776
Manteca Unified 750
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