California school district spending and test scores

Albany City Unified 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 Albany City Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,356   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

878   Median: 783

$8,356 spent per student ($30.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
El Monte City Elementary $8,370
Shaffer Union Elementary $8,362
Hacienda La Puente Unified $8,356
Albany City Unified $8,356
San Marino Unified $8,350
El Centro Elementary $8,346
Magnolia Elementary $8,341
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) $11,323
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) $8,800
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) $8,591
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) $8,469
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) $8,356
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) $8,148
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) $6,287
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Berkeley Unified $12,092
San Francisco Unified $9,715
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
Albany City Unified $8,356

878 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Dublin Unified 878
Cambrian Elementary 878
Columbine Elementary 878
Albany City Unified 878
Newcastle Elementary 878
Davis Joint Unified 877
San Dieguito Union High 877
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) 916
Albany City Unified (3,660.20) 878
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) 806
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) 781
Eureka City Unified (3,659.40) 766
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) 751
Paradise Unified (3,679.50) 749
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Albany City Unified 878
San Francisco Unified 791
Berkeley Unified 785
West Contra Costa Unified 696
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