California school district spending and test scores

San Bruno Park 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 San Bruno Park Elementary compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$8,248   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

820   Median: 783

$8,248 spent per student ($20.8 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Salinas Union High $8,250
Chula Vista Elementary $8,249
Azusa Unified $8,248
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
Coalinga-Huron Joint Unified $8,245
Delhi Unified $8,234
Rialto Unified $8,231
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Oroville City Elementary (2,509.70) $8,737
Gateway Unified (2,576.00) $8,617
San Bruno Park Elementary (2,523.30) $8,248
Delhi Unified (2,550.80) $8,234
Oroville Union High (2,516.00) $8,218
Mendota Unified (2,482.80) $8,125
Burlingame Elementary (2,558.00) $7,356
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Oakland Unified $10,958
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
Hayward Unified $8,962
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
San Lorenzo Unified $8,096
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
Millbrae Elementary $7,447
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820 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Arcata Elementary 820
Newport-Mesa Unified 820
Orcutt Union Elementary 820
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
McCloud Union Elementary 819
Pleasant Valley Elementary 819
La Grange Elementary 819
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Burlingame Elementary (2,558.00) 892
San Bruno Park Elementary (2,523.30) 820
Gateway Unified (2,576.00) 782
Delhi Unified (2,550.80) 759
Mendota Unified (2,482.80) 740
Oroville City Elementary (2,509.70) 737
Oroville Union High (2,516.00) 692
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Millbrae Elementary 880
Pacifica School District 842
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
South San Francisco Unified 808
Brisbane Elementary 801
San Lorenzo Unified 739
Oakland Unified 719
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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