California school district spending and test scores

San Marino 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 San Marino Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,350   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

949   Median: 783

$8,350 spent per student ($26.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Shaffer Union Elementary $8,362
Albany City Unified $8,356
Hacienda La Puente Unified $8,356
San Marino Unified $8,350
El Centro Elementary $8,346
Magnolia Elementary $8,341
Ontario-Montclair Elementary $8,340
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Mcfarland Unified (3,134.80) $8,704
Cabrillo Unified (3,214.40) $8,512
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) $8,350
Southern Kern Unified (3,146.40) $7,935
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) $7,733
Arvin Union Elementary (3,158.40) $7,495
Walnut Creek Elementary (3,197.90) $7,345
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pasadena Unified $10,104
San Marino Unified $8,350
Alhambra Unified $8,047
San Gabriel Unified $8,046
South Pasadena Unified $7,647
Temple City Unified $7,440

949 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cupertino Union Elementary 951
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Cold Spring Elementary 949
San Marino Unified 949
Ballard Elementary 948
Rancho Santa Fe Elementary 946
Moraga Elementary 945
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) 949
Walnut Creek Elementary (3,197.90) 907
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) 881
Cabrillo Unified (3,214.40) 785
Southern Kern Unified (3,146.40) 709
Arvin Union Elementary (3,158.40) 706
Mcfarland Unified (3,134.80) 680
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
San Marino Unified 949
South Pasadena Unified 911
Temple City Unified 885
San Gabriel Unified 830
Alhambra Unified 814
Pasadena Unified 758
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