California school district spending and test scores

Sonora 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 Sonora Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,184   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

834   Median: 783

$7,184 spent per student ($5.1 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Outside Creek Elementary $7,201
Tres Pinos Union Elementary $7,199
Walnut Valley Unified $7,197
Sonora Elementary $7,184
Pond Union Elementary $7,183
Yuba City Unified $7,180
Huntington Beach City Elementary $7,178
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) $16,981
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) $10,750
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) $10,410
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) $10,365
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) $9,631
Sonora Elementary (704.90) $7,184
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) $6,711
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified $12,333
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Jamestown Elementary $9,177
Columbia Union Elementary $7,881
Curtis Creek Elementary $7,573
Sonora Elementary $7,184

834 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Moorpark Unified 836
Knights Ferry Elementary 834
Belleview Elementary 834
Sonora Elementary 834
Alameda City Unified 833
Jefferson Elementary 832
Burbank Unified 832
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) 949
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) 931
Buellton Union Elementary (700.10) 845
Sonora Elementary (704.90) 834
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) 830
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) 769
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) 759
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Columbia Union Elementary 842
Sonora Elementary 834
Belleview Elementary 834
Curtis Creek Elementary 779
Jamestown Elementary 770
Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified 762
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