California school district spending and test scores

San Francisco 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 San Francisco Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,715   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

791   Median: 783

$9,715 spent per student ($473.5 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Dixie Elementary $9,761
Lennox Elementary $9,759
Twain Harte-Long Barn Union Elementary $9,718
San Francisco Unified $9,715
South Bay Union Elementary $9,694
Delano Joint Union High $9,667
Vallecito Union Elementary $9,652
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
Santa Ana Unified (51,936.20) $8,396
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) $8,193
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) $7,303
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) $7,246
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Sausalito Marin City Elementary $33,949
Tamalpais Union High $15,100
Reed Union Elementary $12,591
Berkeley Unified $12,092
Oakland Unified $10,958
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
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791 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hacienda La Puente Unified 791
Middletown Unified 791
Bear Valley Unified 791
San Francisco Unified 791
Elk Grove Unified 791
Lincoln Elementary 791
Camptonville Elementary 790
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Capistrano Unified (49,129.20) 862
Garden Grove Unified (46,503.20) 802
Corona-Norco Unified (50,531.90) 801
San Francisco Unified (48,736.50) 791
Sacramento City Unified (41,653.20) 753
Santa Ana Unified (51,936.20) 723
San Bernardino City Unified (48,151.20) 699
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Reed Union Elementary 953
Mill Valley Elementary 932
Larkspur Elementary 920
Albany City Unified 878
Tamalpais Union High 862
Alameda City Unified 833
Brisbane Elementary 801
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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