California school district spending and test scores

Redwood City 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 Redwood City Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,696   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

763   Median: 783

$8,696 spent per student ($75.0 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Wasco Union High $8,704
Mcfarland Unified $8,704
Denair Unified $8,700
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
Lucerne Elementary $8,673
East Side Union High $8,671
North Cow Creek Elementary $8,669
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) $12,092
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) $9,584
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) $8,696
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) $8,425
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) $7,800
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) $7,429
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) $7,350
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Woodside Elementary $19,088
Las Lomitas Elementary $13,163
Ravenswood City Elementary $12,987
San Mateo Union High $11,703
Menlo Park City Elementary $11,033
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary $9,056
Redwood City Elementary $8,696
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763 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Exeter Union Elementary 763
Briggs Elementary 763
Delphic Elementary 763
Redwood City Elementary 763
Alvina Elementary 763
Bret Harte Union High 763
Dehesa Elementary 763
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Castro Valley Unified (8,554.70) 854
East Whittier City Elementary (8,526.50) 824
Sanger Unified (8,536.70) 805
West Covina Unified (8,725.10) 798
Morgan Hill Unified (8,668.70) 789
Berkeley Unified (8,651.40) 785
Redwood City Elementary (8,620.00) 763
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Las Lomitas Elementary 963
Woodside Elementary 937
Menlo Park City Elementary 933
Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary 904
San Carlos Elementary 899
Fremont Unified 868
San Mateo-Foster City Elementary 840
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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