California school district spending and test scores

Stanislaus 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 Stanislaus Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,353   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

788   Median: 783

$7,353 spent per student ($22.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Valle Lindo Elementary $7,357
Burlingame Elementary $7,356
Fowler Unified $7,355
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
Mulberry Elementary $7,352
Morgan Hill Unified $7,350
Dunham Elementary $7,348
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High (3,046.80) $11,579
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) $8,548
Corcoran Joint Unified (2,994.70) $8,458
Richland Union Elementary (3,055.50) $7,913
Wasco Union Elementary (3,072.30) $7,745
Stanislaus Union Elementary (3,031.30) $7,353
Pacifica School District (3,012.90) $7,319
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Salida Union Elementary $7,804
Escalon Unified $7,779
Stanislaus Union Elementary $7,353
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary $7,340
Sylvan Union Elementary $7,054
Ripon Unified $6,394

788 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Sierra Sands Unified 788
Lincoln Unified 788
Alta-Dutch Flat Union Elementary 788
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Surprise Valley Joint Unified 788
San Juan Unified 788
Charter Oak Unified 788
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High (3,046.80) 898
Pacifica School District (3,012.90) 842
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) 798
Stanislaus Union Elementary (3,031.30) 788
Corcoran Joint Unified (2,994.70) 725
Wasco Union Elementary (3,072.30) 692
Richland Union Elementary (3,055.50) 679
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Ripon Unified 823
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary 808
Stanislaus Union Elementary 788
Salida Union Elementary 776
Escalon Unified 767
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