California school district spending and test scores

Castro Valley 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 Castro Valley Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,429   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

854   Median: 783

$7,429 spent per student ($63.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Gustine Unified $7,437
Calaveras Unified $7,429
Newman-Crows Landing Unified $7,429
Castro Valley Unified $7,429
Pierce Joint Unified $7,428
Visalia Unified $7,428
Oak Grove Union Elementary $7,427
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) $12,092
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) $9,584
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) $8,696
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) $8,425
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) $7,429
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) $7,350
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) $6,919
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Oakland Unified $10,958
Acalanes Union High $9,327
Canyon Elementary $9,320
Hayward Unified $8,962
Moraga Elementary $8,734
Sunol Glen Unified $8,416
New Haven Unified $8,182
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854 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Mark West Union Elementary 854
Mesa Union Elementary 854
Glendora Unified 854
Castro Valley Unified 854
Seiad Elementary 854
Browns Elementary 853
Torrance Unified 853
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) 854
Menifee Union Elementary (8,480.30) 828
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) 824
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) 805
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) 789
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) 785
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) 763
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Moraga Elementary 945
San Ramon Valley Unified 916
Sunol Glen Unified 909
Pleasanton Unified 906
Acalanes Union High 899
Canyon Elementary 898
Dublin Unified 878
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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