California school district spending and test scores

Sacramento City 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 Sacramento City Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,972   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

753   Median: 783

$8,972 spent per student ($373.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Corning Union High $9,001
Shasta Union High $8,985
Encinitas Union Elementary $8,979
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
Hope Elementary $8,971
Hayward Unified $8,962
Bishop Union Elementary $8,959
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) $10,175
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) $9,715
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) $8,972
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) $8,638
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) $8,612
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) $8,193
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) $8,055
Spending per student in adjacent districts
River Delta Joint Unified $9,240
Twin Rivers Unified $9,062
Sacramento City Unified $8,972
San Juan Unified $8,638
Elk Grove Unified $8,057
Washington Unified $7,975
Folsom-Cordova Unified $7,515

753 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hemet Unified 753
Helendale Elementary 753
Shaffer Union Elementary 753
Sacramento City Unified 753
Chowchilla Elementary 753
Live Oak Elementary 753
Kernville Union Elementary 753
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) 802
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) 791
San Juan Unified (39,106.50) 788
Riverside Unified (40,155.80) 781
Sweetwater Union High (39,163.90) 758
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) 753
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) 699
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Folsom-Cordova Unified 818
Elk Grove Unified 791
San Juan Unified 788
Sacramento City Unified 753
Washington Unified 741
River Delta Joint Unified 728
Twin Rivers Unified 725
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