California school district spending and test scores

Tamalpais Union 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 Tamalpais Union High compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$15,100   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

862   Median: 783

$15,100 spent per student ($54.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified $15,244
Julian Union Elementary $15,219
Surprise Valley Joint Unified $15,207
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Howell Mountain Elementary $14,996
Trona Joint Unified $14,915
Indian Diggings Elementary $14,913
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) $15,100
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) $11,323
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) $8,800
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) $7,907
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) $7,768
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) $7,717
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) $7,605
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Shoreline Unified $17,791
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
San Rafael City High $11,900
Laguna Joint Elementary $11,120
Dixie Elementary $9,761
San Francisco Unified $9,715
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862 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Capistrano Unified 862
Lowell Joint Elementary 862
Oak View Union Elementary 862
Tamalpais Union High 862
Bonny Doon Union Elementary 862
Lammersville Elementary 862
Burnt Ranch Elementary 862
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Tamalpais Union High (3,593.20) 862
Tahoe-Truckee Joint Unified (3,659.20) 806
Lake Tahoe Unified (3,648.00) 781
Brawley Elementary (3,574.20) 751
Fillmore Unified (3,629.20) 720
South Whittier Elementary (3,592.70) 720
Hanford Joint Union High (3,577.20) 707
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Dixie Elementary 896
Tamalpais Union High 862
Novato Unified 827
San Rafael City Elementary 796
Shoreline Unified 792
Lincoln Elementary 791
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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