California school district spending and test scores

Culver 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 Culver City Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,599   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

824   Median: 783

$7,599 spent per student ($49.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Jurupa Unified $7,601
Waugh Elementary $7,600
Pleasanton Unified $7,599
Culver City Unified $7,599
Rockford Elementary $7,598
Antelope Elementary $7,595
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified $7,592
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High (6,386.46) $9,089
Newark Unified (6,578.30) $8,089
El Dorado Union High (6,517.70) $7,846
Paso Robles Joint Unified (6,391.20) $7,843
Culver City Unified (6,489.40) $7,599
Manhattan Beach Unified (6,363.30) $7,467
Huntington Beach City Elementary (6,620.60) $7,178
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Los Angeles Unified $10,015
Inglewood Unified $8,931
Culver City Unified $7,599

824 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Berryessa Union Elementary 824
Sylvan Union Elementary 824
Valle Lindo Elementary 824
Culver City Unified 824
William S. Hart Union High 824
East Whittier City Elementary 824
Ripon Unified 823
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Manhattan Beach Unified (6,363.30) 926
Huntington Beach City Elementary (6,620.60) 889
El Dorado Union High (6,517.70) 829
Culver City Unified (6,489.40) 824
Paso Robles Joint Unified (6,391.20) 786
Newark Unified (6,578.30) 762
Santa Cruz City Elementary/High (6,386.46) N/A
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Culver City Unified 824
Inglewood Unified 711
Los Angeles Unified 709
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