California school district spending and test scores

San Rafael City 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 San Rafael City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,139   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

796   Median: 783

$8,139 spent per student ($30.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Baldwin Park Unified $8,155
Orland Joint Unified $8,151
Oak Park Unified $8,148
San Rafael City Elementary $8,139
Merced Union High $8,137
Grass Valley Elementary $8,136
Cambrian Elementary $8,132
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Duarte Unified (3,852.70) $8,327
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) $8,148
San Rafael City Elementary (3,794.10) $8,139
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) $8,019
Central Union High (3,842.70) $7,955
Martinez Unified (3,796.40) $7,555
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) $6,287
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Ross Elementary $16,240
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Dixie Elementary $9,761
Ross Valley Elementary $8,947
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
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796 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Yreka Union Elementary 796
El Nido Elementary 796
Muroc Joint Unified 796
San Rafael City Elementary 796
Sunnyvale Elementary 796
Riverdale Joint Unified 795
Vallecitos Elementary 795
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Oak Park Unified (3,690.50) 916
Martinez Unified (3,796.40) 819
San Rafael City Elementary (3,794.10) 796
Duarte Unified (3,852.70) 772
Lemon Grove Elementary (3,709.90) 760
Dixon Unified (3,706.10) 751
Central Union High (3,842.70) 717
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Kentfield Elementary 940
Ross Elementary 939
Ross Valley Elementary 920
Larkspur Elementary 920
Dixie Elementary 896
Tamalpais Union High 862
San Rafael City Elementary 796
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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