California school district spending and test scores

Columbia 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 Columbia Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,881   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

842   Median: 783

$7,881 spent per student ($4.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
North Monterey County Unified $7,891
Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,888
Eureka Union Elementary $7,882
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Hueneme Elementary $7,877
Rim of The World Unified $7,875
Ocean View Elementary $7,874
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Shoreline Unified (548.00) $17,791
Brisbane Elementary (558.90) $10,634
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) $8,029
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) $7,881
Gold Oak Union Elementary (556.10) $7,737
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) $7,321
Solvang Elementary (550.20) $6,206
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bret Harte Union High $13,295
Summerville Union High $11,266
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
Vallecito Union Elementary $9,652
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Jamestown Elementary $9,177
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
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842 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Wiseburn Elementary 843
Glendale Unified 842
Pacifica School District 842
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Norris Elementary 841
Columbia Elementary 841
Alview-Dairyland Union Elementary 841
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) 842
Solvang Elementary (550.20) 841
Gold Oak Union Elementary (556.10) 837
Brisbane Elementary (558.90) 801
Shoreline Unified (548.00) 792
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) 764
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) 749
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Vallecito Union Elementary 849
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Sonora Elementary 834
Belleview Elementary 834
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary 832
Summerville Union High 797
Mark Twain Union Elementary 794
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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