California school district spending and test scores

Shoreline 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 Shoreline Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$17,791   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

792   Median: 783

$17,791 spent per student ($9.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Plum Valley Elementary $18,476
Pine Ridge Elementary $18,437
La Grange Elementary $17,858
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Saint Helena Unified $17,671
Carmel Unified $17,451
College Elementary $17,382
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Shoreline Unified (548.00) $17,791
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) $9,591
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) $8,044
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) $7,881
San Pasqual Union Elementary (543.50) $7,812
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) $7,321
Solvang Elementary (550.20) $6,206
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Bolinas-Stinson Union Elementary $27,794
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Nicasio Elementary $17,059
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Monte Rio Union Elementary $14,280
Harmony Union Elementary $11,353
Laguna Joint Elementary $11,120
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792 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Three Rivers Union Elementary 792
Rockford Elementary 792
Sebastopol Union Elementary 792
Shoreline Unified 792
Rowland Unified 792
San Jose Unified 792
Bear Valley Unified 791
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Pasqual Union Elementary (543.50) 874
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) 842
Solvang Elementary (550.20) 841
Los Molinos Unified (545.60) 803
Shoreline Unified (548.00) 792
Palo Verde Union Elementary (553.60) 764
Luther Burbank Elementary (544.60) 740
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Monte Rio Union Elementary 872
Nicasio Elementary 871
Two Rock Union Elementary 866
Harmony Union Elementary 863
Tamalpais Union High 862
Twin Hills Union Elementary 840
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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