California school district spending and test scores

Cardiff 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 Cardiff Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,631   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

931   Median: 783

$9,631 spent per student ($6.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Vallecito Union Elementary $9,652
Santa Clara Unified $9,647
Cardiff Elementary $9,631
Bend Elementary $9,597
Los Molinos Unified $9,591
East Whittier City Elementary $9,584
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) $16,981
Coast Unified (717.00) $13,775
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) $10,750
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) $10,365
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) $9,631
Sonora Elementary (704.90) $7,184
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) $6,711
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Solana Beach Elementary $11,112
Cardiff Elementary $9,631
Encinitas Union Elementary $8,979

931 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
La Canada Unified 933
Menlo Park City Elementary 933
Mill Valley Elementary 932
Cardiff Elementary 931
Laguna Joint Elementary 929
Manhattan Beach Unified 926
Palo Alto Unified 925
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Portola Valley Elementary (700.60) 949
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) 931
Sonora Elementary (704.90) 834
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) 830
Coast Unified (717.00) 785
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) 769
Trinity Alps Unified (700.30) 759
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Solana Beach Elementary 936
Cardiff Elementary 931
Encinitas Union Elementary 905
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