California school district spending and test scores

Brisbane 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 Brisbane Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$10,634   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

801   Median: 783

$10,634 spent per student ($5.9 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Douglas City Elementary $10,726
Scott Valley Unified $10,703
Newport-Mesa Unified $10,669
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
Black Butte Union Elementary $10,626
Compton Unified $10,586
Saratoga Union Elementary $10,547
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Brisbane Elementary (558.90) $10,634
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) $8,029
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) $7,881
Mt. Shasta Union Elementary (571.30) $7,824
Grant Elementary (580.30) $7,805
Gold Oak Union Elementary (556.10) $7,737
Mesa Union Elementary (574.10) $7,617
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Mateo Union High $11,703
Oakland Unified $10,958
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
San Francisco Unified $9,715
Bayshore Elementary $8,884
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
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801 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Jamul-Dulzura Union Elementary 801
Flournoy Union Elementary 801
La Mesa-Spring Valley 801
Brisbane Elementary 801
Nevada Joint Union High 801
Corona-Norco Unified 801
Mupu Elementary 801
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Grant Elementary (580.30) 890
Mt. Shasta Union Elementary (571.30) 874
Mesa Union Elementary (574.10) 854
Columbia Union Elementary (553.90) 842
Gold Oak Union Elementary (556.10) 837
Brisbane Elementary (558.90) 801
Lost Hills Union Elementary (555.70) 749
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
South San Francisco Unified 808
Brisbane Elementary 801
San Mateo Union High 795
San Francisco Unified 791
Jefferson Elementary 779
Bayshore Elementary 720
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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