California school district spending and test scores

Coronado 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 Coronado Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,497   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

888   Median: 783

$8,497 spent per student ($25.3 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fortuna Union High $8,515
Cabrillo Unified $8,512
Calipatria Unified $8,497
Coronado Unified $8,497
Oceanside Unified $8,492
Caruthers Unified $8,489
Santa Clara Elementary $8,488
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) $8,548
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) $8,497
Corcoran Joint Unified (2,994.70) $8,458
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) $8,183
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) $7,143
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) $6,993
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) $6,394
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Diego Unified $9,855
South Bay Union Elementary $9,054
Sweetwater Union High $8,612
Coronado Unified $8,497

888 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Grant Elementary 890
Huntington Beach City Elementary 889
Rescue Union Elementary 888
Coronado Unified 888
Gratton Elementary 887
Buckeye Union Elementary 887
Temple City Unified 885
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Coronado Unified (2,983.00) 888
Lowell Joint Elementary (2,969.70) 862
Rosemead Elementary (2,900.30) 840
Ripon Unified (2,936.40) 823
Redding Elementary (2,990.60) 798
Lemoore Union Elementary (2,989.60) 743
Corcoran Joint Unified (2,994.70) 725
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Coronado Unified 888
San Diego Unified 785
South Bay Union Elementary 781
Sweetwater Union High 758
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