California school district spending and test scores

Belleview 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 Belleview Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,218   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

834   Median: 783

$9,218 spent per student ($1.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Montague Elementary $9,229
San Jose Unified $9,224
Farmersville Unified $9,223
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Fresno Unified $9,199
Seeley Union Elementary $9,193
Moreland Elementary $9,183
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Bonny Doon Union Elementary (111.90) $13,186
Ballard Elementary (110.50) $12,696
Golden Feather Union Elementary (113.90) $12,406
Douglas City Elementary (113.40) $10,726
Belleview Elementary (112.80) $9,218
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary (113.70) $9,010
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) $7,099
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Summerville Union High $11,266
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Curtis Creek Elementary $7,573
Soulsbyville Elementary $7,230
Sonora Elementary $7,184

834 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Moorpark Unified 836
Knights Ferry Elementary 834
Sonora Elementary 834
Belleview Elementary 834
Alameda City Unified 833
Burbank Unified 832
Kirkwood Elementary 832
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Ballard Elementary (110.50) 948
Bonny Doon Union Elementary (111.90) 862
Fieldbrook Elementary (110.90) 858
Belleview Elementary (112.80) 834
Douglas City Elementary (113.40) 812
Pleasant Valley Joint Union Elementary (113.70) 806
Golden Feather Union Elementary (113.90) 700
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Belleview Elementary 834
Sonora Elementary 834
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary 832
Soulsbyville Elementary 813
Summerville Union High 797
Curtis Creek Elementary 779
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