California school district spending and test scores

Cayucos 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 Cayucos Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,493   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

896   Median: 783

$10,493 spent per student ($2.2 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Fall River Joint Unified $10,535
Dunsmuir Elementary $10,517
Burrel Union Elementary $10,509
Cayucos Elementary $10,493
Wheatland Elementary $10,461
Larkspur Elementary $10,438
Yreka Union High $10,434
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
College Elementary (209.40) $17,382
Baker Valley Unified (204.80) $12,533
Black Butte Union Elementary (211.00) $10,626
Cayucos Elementary (207.10) $10,493
Vallecitos Elementary (205.70) $8,744
Scotia Union Elementary (207.70) $7,690
Di Giorgio Elementary (206.90) $7,408
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Coast Unified $13,775
Cayucos Elementary $10,493
San Luis Coastal Unified $9,781
Atascadero Unified $7,135
Templeton Unified $6,903

896 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Carmel Unified 897
Dixie Elementary 896
Newhall Elementary 896
Cayucos Elementary 896
Loomis Union Elementary 895
Laguna Beach Unified 895
Southside Elementary 894
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cayucos Elementary (207.10) 896
College Elementary (209.40) 829
Black Butte Union Elementary (211.00) 816
Scotia Union Elementary (207.70) 808
Vallecitos Elementary (205.70) 795
Di Giorgio Elementary (206.90) 716
Baker Valley Unified (204.80) 653
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Cayucos Elementary 896
Templeton Unified 848
San Luis Coastal Unified 830
Atascadero Unified 804
Coast Unified 785
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