California school district spending and test scores

South San Francisco 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 South San Francisco Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$7,680   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

808   Median: 783

$7,680 spent per student ($68.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
Moreno Valley Unified $7,688
Conejo Valley Unified $7,687
San Jacinto Unified $7,680
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
Foresthill Union Elementary $7,670
Springville Union Elementary $7,669
Kingsburg Joint Union High $7,665
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Perris Union High (8,918.90) $8,601
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) $8,047
Pittsburg Unified (9,056.60) $7,995
Lompoc Unified (9,078.70) $7,755
South San Francisco Unified (8,950.00) $7,680
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified (8,982.00) $7,592
Tulare City Elementary (8,776.20) $7,174
Spending per student in adjacent districts
San Mateo Union High $11,703
Brisbane Elementary $10,634
Jefferson Union High $8,550
San Bruno Park Elementary $8,248
South San Francisco Unified $7,680
Pacifica School District $7,319
Jefferson Elementary $7,273

808 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Hart-Ransom Union Elementary 808
Piner-Olivet Union Elementary 808
Shasta Union High 808
South San Francisco Unified 808
Scotia Union Elementary 808
Little Lake City Elementary 807
San Antonio Union Elementary 807
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
South San Francisco Unified (8,950.00) 808
Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified (8,982.00) 783
Tulare City Elementary (8,776.20) 772
Morongo Unified (8,772.40) 759
Lompoc Unified (9,078.70) 745
Perris Union High (8,918.90) 727
Pittsburg Unified (9,056.60) 718
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Pacifica School District 842
San Bruno Park Elementary 820
South San Francisco Unified 808
Brisbane Elementary 801
San Mateo Union High 795
Jefferson Elementary 779
Jefferson Union High 750
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