California school district spending and test scores

Carpinteria 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 Carpinteria Unified compare to other California districts?

Spending per student

$9,787   Median: $8,234

API score in 2010

781   Median: 783

$9,787 spent per student ($21.7 million total expenditures)

Districts with similar spending per student
King City Joint Union High $9,893
San Diego Unified $9,855
Mountain Empire Unified $9,823
Carpinteria Unified $9,787
San Luis Coastal Unified $9,781
Pacific Elementary $9,781
Traver Joint Elementary $9,763
Spending per student
in districts with similar attendance
Saratoga Union Elementary (2,196.50) $10,547
Carpinteria Unified (2,222.40) $9,787
Hilmar Unified (2,176.50) $7,637
Linden Unified (2,321.20) $7,530
Fowler Unified (2,203.60) $7,355
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) $6,903
Wiseburn Elementary (2,322.20) $6,884
Spending per student in adjacent districts
Montecito Union Elementary $21,048
College Elementary $17,382
Carpinteria Unified $9,787
Santa Ynez Valley Union High $9,547
Ojai Unified $8,082
Ventura Unified $7,855

781 API score in 2010

Districts with similar API scores in 2010
Outside Creek Elementary 781
Riverside Unified 781
South Bay Union Elementary 781
Carpinteria Unified 781
Lake Tahoe Unified 781
Buena Vista Elementary 781
Fall River Joint Unified 780
API scores in 2010
in districts with similar attendance
Saratoga Union Elementary (2,196.50) 965
Templeton Unified (2,225.10) 848
Wiseburn Elementary (2,322.20) 843
Carpinteria Unified (2,222.40) 781
Hilmar Unified (2,176.50) 776
Linden Unified (2,321.20) 774
Fowler Unified (2,203.60) 740
API scores in 2010 in adjacent districts
Montecito Union Elementary 936
Santa Ynez Valley Union High 836
College Elementary 829
Ojai Unified 815
Ventura Unified 800
Carpinteria Unified 781
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