California school district spending and test scores

Coast 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 Coast Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$13,775   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

785   Median: 783

$13,775 spent per student ($9.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Lone Pine Unified $14,207
San Pasqual Valley Unified $14,028
Lincoln Elementary $13,816
Coast Unified $13,775
Laguna Beach Unified $13,773
Emery Unified $13,680
Caliente Union Elementary $13,643
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Coast Unified (717.00) $13,775
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) $10,750
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) $9,631
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) $8,809
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) $8,254
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) $6,749
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) $6,711
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified $59,638
Coast Unified $13,775
Cayucos Elementary $10,493
King City Joint Union High $9,893
San Antonio Union Elementary $8,376
Paso Robles Joint Unified $7,843
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary $7,629
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785 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
Hawthorne Elementary 785
Cabrillo Unified 785
Coast Unified 785
San Diego Unified 785
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Berkeley Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Cardiff Elementary (712.60) 931
North County Joint Union Elementary (713.60) 830
Mark Twain Union Elementary (724.60) 794
Sebastopol Union Elementary (726.70) 792
Coast Unified (717.00) 785
Southern Humboldt Joint Unified (716.60) 769
Keyes Union Elementary (726.50) 728
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacific Unified N/A
Cayucos Elementary 896
Templeton Unified 848
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
Paso Robles Joint Unified 786
Coast Unified 785
San Miguel Joint Union Elementary 754
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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