California school district spending and test scores

Sundale 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 Sundale Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,296   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

845   Median: 783

$7,296 spent per student ($5.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Corona-Norco Unified $7,303
Natomas Unified $7,302
Simi Valley Unified $7,300
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Cucamonga Elementary $7,291
Fullerton Elementary $7,290
Williams Unified $7,283
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) $16,981
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) $14,028
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) $10,998
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) $10,410
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) $10,365
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) $8,032
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) $7,296
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Lindsay Unified $8,272
Exeter Union High $8,054
Sunnyside Union Elementary $7,872
Visalia Unified $7,428
Sundale Union Elementary $7,296
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
Tulare City Elementary $7,174
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845 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Pine Ridge Elementary 846
Buellton Union Elementary 845
Junction Elementary 845
Sundale Union Elementary 845
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified 844
Cutten Elementary 844
Montgomery Elementary 844
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) 949
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) 845
Sundale Union Elementary (697.30) 845
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) 759
Laton Joint Unified (697.00) 725
Richgrove Elementary (690.80) 682
San Pasqual Valley Unified (689.20) 657
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Sundale Union Elementary 845
Outside Creek Elementary 781
Tulare City Elementary 772
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Visalia Unified 759
Exeter Union High 745
Liberty Elementary 743
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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