California school district spending and test scores

Berkeley 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 Berkeley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$12,092   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

785   Median: 783

$12,092 spent per student ($104.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Sequoia Union High $12,273
Fort Sage Unified $12,229
Seiad Elementary $12,131
Berkeley Unified $12,092
San Ardo Union Elementary $12,068
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary $12,067
Peninsula Union Elementary $11,937
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) $12,092
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) $8,696
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) $8,425
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) $8,047
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) $7,800
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) $7,429
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) $7,350
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Emery Unified $13,680
Berkeley Unified $12,092
Oakland Unified $10,958
San Francisco Unified $9,715
Orinda Union Elementary $9,473
Acalanes Union High $9,327
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
Show more adjacent districts

785 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
Hawthorne Elementary 785
Cabrillo Unified 785
Berkeley Unified 785
San Diego Unified 785
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Coast Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) 854
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) 805
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) 798
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) 789
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) 785
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) 763
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) 759
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Acalanes Union High 899
Albany City Unified 878
San Francisco Unified 791
Berkeley Unified 785
Oakland Unified 719
Emery Unified 709
Show more adjacent districts
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