California school district spending and test scores

Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary 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 Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$27,794   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

816   Median: 783

$27,794 spent per student ($2.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Mattole Unified $31,771
Alpine County Unified $29,954
Maple Creek Elementary $29,460
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary $27,794
Death Valley Unified $27,770
Cox Bar Elementary $26,617
Bogus Elementary $25,772
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Alpine County Unified (99.50) $29,954
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary (97.00) $27,794
Happy Camp Union Elementary (100.30) $12,863
Blochman Union Elementary (94.90) $11,493
Burnt Ranch Elementary (93.80) $11,000
Pacific Elementary (98.00) $9,781
Mission Union Elementary (96.50) $9,068
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary $27,794
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Lagunitas Elementary $10,868
Mill Valley Elementary $10,357

816 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cottonwood Union Elementary 816
Antelope Elementary 816
Travis Unified 816
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary 816
Black Butte Union Elementary 816
Western Placer Unified 816
Pond Union Elementary 816
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Burnt Ranch Elementary (93.80) 862
Pacific Elementary (98.00) 850
Mission Union Elementary (96.50) 839
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary (97.00) 816
Blochman Union Elementary (94.90) 803
Alpine County Unified (99.50) 778
Happy Camp Union Elementary (100.30) 625
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Kentfield Elementary 940
Mill Valley Elementary 932
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary 816
Shoreline Unified 792
Lagunitas Elementary 774
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