California school district spending and test scores

Sausalito Marin 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 Sausalito Marin City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$33,949   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

745   Median: 783

$33,949 spent per student ($5.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Desert Center Unified $39,282
Owens Valley Unified $39,228
Kashia Elementary $34,144
Sausalito Marin City Elementary $33,949
Oro Grande Elementary $33,673
Indian Springs Elementary $33,451
Mattole Unified $31,771
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Sausalito Marin City Elementary (159.70) $33,949
El Nido Elementary (158.10) $10,156
Shasta Union Elementary (163.10) $8,475
Grenada Elementary (158.20) $8,300
West Side Union Elementary (161.30) $7,727
Hydesville Elementary (150.80) $7,393
Capay Joint Union Elementary (161.00) $6,108
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Sausalito Marin City Elementary $33,949
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Mill Valley Elementary $10,357
San Francisco Unified $9,715

745 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
El Rancho Unified 745
Lompoc Unified 745
Standard Elementary 745
Sausalito Marin City Elementary 745
Exeter Union High 745
Hesperia Unified 744
Fortuna Union High 744
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Hydesville Elementary (150.80) 870
Capay Joint Union Elementary (161.00) 857
Grenada Elementary (158.20) 828
West Side Union Elementary (161.30) 821
El Nido Elementary (158.10) 796
Sausalito Marin City Elementary (159.70) 745
Shasta Union Elementary (163.10) 724
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Reed Union Elementary 953
Mill Valley Elementary 932
San Francisco Unified 791
Sausalito Marin City Elementary 745
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