California school district spending and test scores

West Contra Costa 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 West Contra Costa Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,899   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

696   Median: 783

$8,899 spent per student ($244.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Santa Rosa Elementary/High, City of $8,919
Bangor Union Elementary $8,915
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Bayshore Elementary $8,884
Weed Union Elementary $8,881
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Pomona Unified (27,359.80) $9,057
West Contra Costa Unified (27,474.00) $8,899
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) $8,163
San Ramon Valley Unified (27,147.70) $7,824
Irvine Unified (26,197.70) $7,606
Temecula Valley Unified (27,721.50) $7,388
Orange Unified (28,004.30) $7,208
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Berkeley Unified $12,092
San Rafael City High $11,900
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Dixie Elementary $9,761
San Francisco Unified $9,715
Orinda Union Elementary $9,473
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696 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Victor Valley Union High 696
Raisin City Elementary 696
Soledad Unified 696
West Contra Costa Unified 696
Westmorland Union Elementary 695
North Monterey County Unified 695
Hot Springs Elementary 692
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Ramon Valley Unified (27,147.70) 916
Irvine Unified (26,197.70) 916
Temecula Valley Unified (27,721.50) 856
Orange Unified (28,004.30) 806
Lodi Unified (27,739.10) 737
Pomona Unified (27,359.80) 721
West Contra Costa Unified (27,474.00) 696
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Orinda Union Elementary 954
Larkspur Elementary 920
Acalanes Union High 899
Dixie Elementary 896
Albany City Unified 878
Tamalpais Union High 862
Novato Unified 827
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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