California school district spending and test scores

San Rafael City High 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 High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$11,900   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

765   Median: 783

$11,900 spent per student ($23.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
San Ardo Union Elementary $12,068
Raymond-Knowles Union Elementary $12,067
Peninsula Union Elementary $11,937
San Rafael City High $11,900
Igo, Ono, Platina Union Elementary $11,859
Butte Valley Unified $11,802
Kneeland Elementary $11,723
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) $17,451
San Rafael City High (1,986.00) $11,900
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) $11,572
Yosemite Unified (1,960.20) $8,790
Alpine Union Elementary (1,976.60) $8,168
Taft City Elementary (1,986.90) $8,047
Gridley Unified (1,980.70) $7,782
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Ross Elementary $16,240
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
San Rafael City High $11,900
Kentfield Elementary $10,931
Lagunitas Elementary $10,868
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
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765 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Tipton Elementary 765
Whittier Union High 765
Los Alamos Elementary 765
San Rafael City High 765
Palo Verde Union Elementary 764
Chawanakee Unified 764
Alvina Elementary 763
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Carmel Unified (2,032.60) 897
Alpine Union Elementary (1,976.60) 858
Plumas Unified (2,007.90) 811
Gridley Unified (1,980.70) 789
Yosemite Unified (1,960.20) 776
San Rafael City High (1,986.00) 765
Taft City Elementary (1,986.90) 674
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Kentfield Elementary 940
Ross Elementary 939
Larkspur Elementary 920
Ross Valley Elementary 920
Nicasio Elementary 871
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