California school district spending and test scores

Bayshore 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 Bayshore Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,884   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

720   Median: 783

$8,884 spent per student ($3.6 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Roberts Ferry Union Elementary $8,899
West Contra Costa Unified $8,899
Lucerne Valley Unified $8,892
Bayshore Elementary $8,884
Weed Union Elementary $8,881
West Sonoma County Union High $8,876
Waterford Unified $8,871
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Seeley Union Elementary (399.70) $9,193
Kit Carson Union Elementary (401.70) $9,173
Bayshore Elementary (404.70) $8,884
Le Grand Union Elementary (398.00) $8,216
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary (405.00) $8,040
Oak Valley Union Elementary (407.20) $6,800
Oak View Union Elementary (408.60) $6,454
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Oakland Unified $10,958
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
San Francisco Unified $9,715
Bayshore Elementary $8,884
Alameda City Unified $8,630

720 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Oxnard Union High 720
South Whittier Elementary 720
Fillmore Unified 720
Bayshore Elementary 720
Woodville Union Elementary 720
Cuyama Joint Unified 720
Oakland Unified 719
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Oak View Union Elementary (408.60) 862
Oak Valley Union Elementary (407.20) 802
Kit Carson Union Elementary (401.70) 760
Le Grand Union Elementary (398.00) 751
Monson-Sultana Joint Union Elementary (405.00) 725
Bayshore Elementary (404.70) 720
Seeley Union Elementary (399.70) 714
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Alameda City Unified 833
Brisbane Elementary 801
San Francisco Unified 791
Bayshore Elementary 720
Oakland Unified 719
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