California school district spending and test scores

Cabrillo 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 Cabrillo Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,512   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

785   Median: 783

$8,512 spent per student ($27.4 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Vista Unified $8,522
Escondido Union High $8,517
Fortuna Union High $8,515
Cabrillo Unified $8,512
Coronado Unified $8,497
Calipatria Unified $8,497
Oceanside Unified $8,492
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Del Norte County Unified (3,224.10) $10,071
Cabrillo Unified (3,214.40) $8,512
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) $8,412
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) $8,350
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) $7,733
Calaveras Unified (3,226.30) $7,429
Walnut Creek Elementary (3,197.90) $7,345
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Woodside Elementary $19,088
Portola Valley Elementary $16,981
Sequoia Union High $12,273
San Mateo Union High $11,703
La Honda-Pescadero Unified $10,941
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Jefferson Union High $8,550
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785 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hawthorne Elementary 785
Vista Unified 785
Cajon Valley Union Elementary 785
Cabrillo Unified 785
Berkeley Unified 785
Rio Bravo-Greeley Union Elementary 785
Coast Unified 785
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
San Marino Unified (3,159.90) 949
Walnut Creek Elementary (3,197.90) 907
El Segundo Unified (3,164.50) 881
Enterprise Elementary (3,257.30) 815
Cabrillo Unified (3,214.40) 785
Calaveras Unified (3,226.30) 782
Del Norte County Unified (3,224.10) 750
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Portola Valley Elementary 949
Woodside Elementary 937
Millbrae Elementary 880
Pacifica School District 842
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary 840
San Mateo Union High 795
Cabrillo Unified 785
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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