California school district spending and test scores

Sequoia 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 Sequoia Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$6,324   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

799   Median: 783

$6,324 spent per student ($2.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Clay Joint Elementary $6,367
Los Olivos Elementary $6,334
Mccabe Union Elementary $6,330
Sequoia Union Elementary $6,324
Spreckels Union Elementary $6,322
Dixon Unified $6,287
Maple Elementary $6,248
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Julian Union Elementary (352.60) $15,219
Upper Lake Union High (348.00) $10,785
Pacific Union Elementary (345.60) $8,430
Summerville Elementary (358.90) $8,180
Chualar Union Elementary (338.60) $7,828
Springville Union Elementary (340.30) $7,669
Sequoia Union Elementary (346.80) $6,324
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Woodlake Union High $9,470
Woodlake Union Elementary $8,802
Exeter Union Elementary $7,005
Three Rivers Union Elementary $6,958
Sequoia Union Elementary $6,324

799 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Fallbrook Union Elementary 799
Pacific Union Elementary 799
Santa Clara Unified 799
Sequoia Union Elementary 799
Redding Elementary 798
West Covina Unified 798
Placer Union High 797
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Summerville Elementary (358.90) 829
Julian Union Elementary (352.60) 825
Springville Union Elementary (340.30) 812
Pacific Union Elementary (345.60) 800
Sequoia Union Elementary (346.80) 799
Chualar Union Elementary (338.60) 716
Upper Lake Union High (348.00) 685
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sequoia Union Elementary 799
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Woodlake Union Elementary 711
Woodlake Union High 668
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