California school district spending and test scores

Soulsbyville 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 Soulsbyville Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,230   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

813   Median: 783

$7,230 spent per student ($3.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Berryessa Union Elementary $7,264
Capistrano Unified $7,246
Tehachapi Unified $7,233
Soulsbyville Elementary $7,230
Upland Unified $7,224
Poway Unified $7,216
Orange Unified $7,208
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Anderson Valley Unified (498.80) $10,891
Le Grand Union High (508.80) $10,318
Arcata Elementary (501.10) $9,415
Pleasant Valley Elementary (507.90) $8,107
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary (516.60) $7,629
Gold Trail Union Elementary (522.50) $7,515
Soulsbyville Elementary (508.70) $7,230
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Summerville Union High $11,266
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
Belleview Elementary $9,218
Summerville Elementary $8,180
Curtis Creek Elementary $7,573
Soulsbyville Elementary $7,230

813 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Lake Elsinore Unified 814
Sierra Unified 813
Pollock Pines Elementary 813
Soulsbyville Elementary 813
Marcum-Illinois Union Elementary 812
Springville Union Elementary 812
Chino Valley Unified 812
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Gold Trail Union Elementary (522.50) 861
Arcata Elementary (501.10) 820
Pleasant Valley Elementary (507.90) 819
Soulsbyville Elementary (508.70) 813
Anderson Valley Unified (498.80) 776
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary (516.60) 754
Le Grand Union High (508.80) 726
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Belleview Elementary 834
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary 832
Summerville Elementary 829
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